Robert Quackenbush has a retrospective at the Member’s Gallery of New York’s Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street. In the exhibit are 17 original oils, watercolors, and woodcuts from his many books for children and adults including a color woodcut from the Society’s Museum of American Illustration collection that he did for Stephen Crane’s classic short story The Open Boat. This woodcut has been reproduced and exhibited in many places. To see more works shown in the exhibit click on Books and Films!/Art!
Robert Quackenbush’s retrospective at the Member’s Gallery of New York’s Society of Illustrators.
Color woodcut by Robert Quackenbush for Stephen Crane’s short story The Open Boat.
Detail from The Open Boat woodcut.
A woodcut is done by drawing an image on soft white pine. Background wood is carved away from the image. Ink is rolled on the surface of the carved image with a brayer. A print is made of the image by rubbing it on rice paper with a rice spoon. Each color is a separate block of wood. Wooduts are one of the oldest print mediums. They are an ancient art from Japan.