A native of West Virginia, Blanche Lazzell studied with William Merritt Chase and Fernand Lèger before she joined the artist colony working in Provincetown in 1915. With her colleagues there, she developed what is now known as the "Provincetown Print" or "White-Line Woodcut," in which a single woodblock is used to make a print. A linear "v" groove is gouged into the block to distinguish each form and separate each color - the groove emerged as a white line in the final print.
Lazzell is known for her vibrant prints which blend the abstract with the realistic in flat planes of color and rhythmic curving forms. This woodblock reveals the artist's working technique and her keen understanding of cubism and other modern aesthetic movements.
abstract; boats; houses; woods
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