This is a rare opportunity to buy a fabulous signed colour woodcut by the celebrated artist and printmaker, Charles Hodge Mackie (1862 - 1920).
Mackie was born in Aldershot in 1862, to an army captain of Scottish descent. His family moved to Edinburgh, and he briefly attended Edinburgh University as a medical student.
He then studied art at the Royal Scottish Academy School.
In 1892 Mackie travelled to Brittany on his honeymoon. Here, he met Paul Sérusier, who brought him into contact with the work of Gauguin and other Nabis artists. Mackie took up woodblock printing around 1898, and his exposure to Nabi and Japanese art was fundamental to the development of both his printing technique and artistic style. His contact with Gauguin and the Pont Aven school was to have an important influence on the rest of Mackie's career, most notably in his use of colour and technique.
Initially, Mackie used blocks of cork linoleum for his woodcuts, but later, following his contact with Gauguin, began to import oak blocks and Japanese vellum directly from Japan.
In 1893 he worked with Patrick Geddes, creating murals for an urban renewal project at Edinburgh's Ramsay Gardens next to the Castle. His work is illustrated in Geddes' publication "The Evergreen".
In 2021, The City Art Centre, Edinburgh is staging a Memorial Exhibition to mark 100 years since Mackie’s death. This will be the first major Mackie Exhibition since his last Memorial Exhibition that was held in 1921.
UPDATE: this exhibition is currently open - and another impression of this print is included in the show.
This beautiful woodcut is titled Bluebell Wood (Wild Hyacinthoides) and it is signed in pencil to the lower edge: Ann Mackie imp / Charles Mackie del. (Mackie's wife, Ann often assisted him with the meticulous and very time-consuming work in printing multiple colour layers from his blocks).
A comparable impression of this print is also in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.
The image is very impressionistic in style - and shows a group of little children playing in woodland - they pick bluebells from the carpet of blue flowers which covered the floor of the woods. Mackie's technique makes this woodcut very free in structure - and it almost looks like an Impressionist oil painting.
This woodcut dates to around 1910.
The print has a new ivory-coloured window mount and a new simple oak frame - so that it is offered here so beautifully presented and all ready to hang on your wall.
The image size is 22 x 26 cm. Frame size: 37 x 39 cm.
It is in excellent antique condition with no issues.
Works by Mackie are always sought after - and my price for this colour woodcut by him is listed here at a fair price.
UK Posting will be with Royal Mail Special Next Day Delivery. This will cost £14 and applied to your order at the checkout.