Power, Cyril (1872-1951), 'Matriarchy', Linocut, 1931

'Matriarchy', Linocut, 1931

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Signed, titled and numbered ‘no.8’ from the edition of 50. Printed from two blocks, in yellow ochre and cobalt blue. Printed on buff oriental laid tissue.

Cyril Power possessed an extensive knowledge of various cultural traditions from around the world. The diversity of his studies taking him from Mayan and Buddhist to Medieval and African art. Power and Sybil Andrews owned a fascinating collection of African tribal artefacts and these, along with his knowledge of African tribal customs, no doubt inspired the rhythmic patterns and shapes created by the stylised male and female bodies in ‘Matriarchy’. He wrote in a 1924 essay that ‘the primitive is always modern and eternal’.

Image Size 26.5 x 36.5 cm
Paper Size 31.1 x 42.6 cm
Collections MOMA, NY; V & A
Reference Vann 21

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