This a beautiful colour woodcut etching by Elyse Ashe-Lord (1900-1971).
Elsye Lord specialised in these delicate drypoint etchings of exotic Eastern figure subjects. They were drawn with a very fine and delicate line; the coloured with vivid colours. This is a most attractive composition - showing a young girl playing the maracas. She is standing in an orchard and is shaking her maracas with so much vigour that some of the apples have fallen from the branches to her feet.
The etching is in lovely condition and printed on a fine paper much preferred by Lord.
It is in excellent condition and all the colours are nice and fresh. It is number 19 out of an edition of only 75 impressions.
Her use of colours in the woodcut are certainly most unusual and very attractive.
The etching is signed and inscribed in pencil by the artist, as photographed.
It comes from a series of delicate drypoint etchings which were all made by Ashe-Lord in the 30s. She specialised in these delicate drypoint etchings, all delineated with a very fine line.
The artist developed her unique style exclusively around oriental subject matter, and her art was inspired by both Chinese art and various aspects of oriental culture.
Although Lord never actually travelled to China, she used Chinese paintings, embroideries and wall hangings, together with objects from surrounding Eastern countries, as the inspiration for her exotic images.
She used a very individual technique with all her prints. She would draw the outline in drypoint etching which would form a "key block". The colours would then be added by using multiple wood blocks coated in vivid coloured inks. It was a difficult process to master and Elyse Lord would always supervise this difficult process of printing her plates and blocks, in person.
Elyse Ashe-Lord exhibited from 1915 through to 1939 with the celebrated Lefevre Gallery in London and had her work published under the auspices of the great London dealer, Alexander Reid.
Although the artist never actually travelled to China, she used Chinese paintings, embroideries and wall hangings, together with objects from surrounding Eastern countries, as the sources for her images. The highly individual style which Elyse Lord created reflects both this source material and the influences of Art Deco and early 1920’s fashion.
The etching is in lovely condition and printed on a very fine Oriental paper much favoured by Lord. It is in excellent condition and all the applied colours are still nice and fresh. There are little areas of spotting to the margins - but nothing major and not distracting - this is taken into account with my price on this collectable print.
Although not dated by the artist, must date to around 1930s.
The print is being sold unframed - but with a nice fresh mount ready to for you to select a frame of your choice.
This is a particularly attractive image by Lord - and as such commands higher prices. My price for this attractive etching is certainly a fair one.
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