What is a linocut?

A form of relief printing, linocut involves the artist carving the design out of the surface of a sheet of linoleum with a sharp instrument such as a knife, chisel or gouge. The remaining uncarved surface is then inked and printed. As the surface is easier to carve, linocut is sometimes used as an alternative to woodcut. See examples of linocut in artworks such as Alex Katz’ Large Birch, 2004 or Per Kirkeby’s Untitled, 1999.


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