What is a woodcut?

A relief printing technique, woodcuts are the result of the artist carving an image into a wooden block, the raised sections of which are inked and printed. This produces bolder, heavier lines than those in intaglio printing.

Woodcuts are one of the oldest forms of printing, dating back to ca. 200. Multicolored woodcuts are produced by creating separate blocks for each color. For examples of woodcuts have a look at Georg Baselitz’ Auch Fuß, 1996, Tal R’s Banana Beach, 2012 or Per Kirkeby’s Untitled, 2000.

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