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10 1/2 x 9 11/16 in. (26.7 x 24.6 cm)

James Dexter Havens
United States (Rochester, New York, 1900 - 1960, Fairport, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color wood engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John McKinney
Accession Number: 1997.168
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Edition: 1/40

James Dexter Havens
American, 1900 – 1960

Pierrot (Sparrow), 1936
Color wood engraving
Gift of Mrs. John McKinney, 97.168

A Rochester native, Havens is considered part of the color woodblock revival of the early 20th century. Self- taught as a printmaker, he specialized in woodcuts and wood engravings, but he also painted. His design for the logo of the Print Club of Rochester, which he helped found, remains in use to this day.

Color wood engraving is a relief technique. A design is cut with sharp wood gouges on end-grain wood. The raised uncut surface is inked with a brayer. Paper is laid on it and the ink is transferred by burnishing with a hard surfaced tool, such as a baren or spoon. Multiple blocks are created for each separate color. In order to economize, some colors are intentionally printed together to create a third color.

Excerpted from installation text, Aug. 2011
Colleen Piccone, Curatorial Dept.

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