McKnight Kauffer, Edward (1890–1954), 'Flower Piece' or 'Sunflowers', Woodcut, 1922

McKnight Kauffer, Edward (1890–1954), 'Flower Piece' or 'Sunflowers', Woodcut, 1922

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Signed ‘E. McKnight Kauffer 1922’ and inscribed on the backing sheet ‘(original woodcut) For Mr and Mrs Watersten (not an Xmas present but a late specimen of my work) EMcKK’.

Printed on laid Japan paper.

This woodcut is closely based on Kauffer’s oil painting ‘Sunflowers’ (1917), now in the collection of the V & A. The bold design, clean handling and the angular simplifications and distortions of the drawing, reveal Kauffer’s awareness of Post-Impressionist French and Italian art. Here he chooses to represent a subject famously treated by Van Gogh in a style modified by Cubism. It is possible Kauffer saw Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at Roger Fry’s 1910 Post-Impressionist Exhibition at the Grafton Galleries.

Image SIze 23 x 17.9 cm
Paper Size 35.5 x 26.5 cm
Collections V & A; Hunterian Art Gallery; MOMA, NY

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