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Maker(s):Lange, Otto
Culture:German (1879-1944)
Title:Lady in Green (Dame in Grün)
Date Made:1918
Materials:woodcut in three colors on imitation Japan paper with Die Schaffenden blindstamp
Measurements:Sheet: 15 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in; 40 cm x 29.8 cm; Image: 14 in x 9 9/16 in; 35.6 cm x 24.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2012.298
Credit Line:Purchase with William K. Allison (Class of 1920) Memorial Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Published in a journal "Die Schaffenden" by Gustav Kiepenheuer, Vol. I, Folder 3, 1919

Label Text:
Otto Lange was a painter and graphic artist active mainly in Dresden, Germany, where he became acquainted with the Expressionist ideas and works of the Brücke group, founded in 1905. Recognizing the tonal and textural potential of the woodcut, their revival of this relief technique foregrounded its immediacy and power to express deep personal feelings, psychological urges, and social consciousness.

Lange’s "Lady in Green" formally adheres to the aesthetics of the avant-garde movement, which reached its climax after the First World War. The seated woman is rendered with the same jagged, angular shapes as the indeterminate space around her. Bold blocks of color emphasize the overall flatness of the image, while the red blotch in the upper-left corner, a cactus flower, energizes the composition.

Gustav Kiepenheuer, a book dealer and distinguished publisher, included the woodcut in the portfolio "Die Schaffenden" (The Creators), a deluxe edition of one of the most important Expressionist periodicals, "Das Kunstblatt" (The Art Paper).

MW, 2013

abstract; female; dresses; fashion

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