flying birds over crashing waves; shades of blue, green and brown

Gulls and Spray, 1942


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Gift of Marla J. Kinneyexpand_more  2017.126.12

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Eva Auld Watson loved printing on linoleum, specifically Armstrong-brand blocks that she glued to stiff board. While many block printers carved planks of wood, Watson loved the uniform color possible with linoleum. Even though Gulls and Spray consists of twelve colors, it was made with only four separate blocks. That’s because Watson used the linoleum like a palette, graduating some colors and introducing entirely new ones all on the same block. She then applied the block to wet paper, finding that the damp fibers made the colors blend further. In the midst of these harmonies reigns disharmony, as these seagulls flee the watery assault on their perch.

Gulls and Spray
Artist Life
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Sale, Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Cleveland, June 10, 2017, lot 375, to Kinney; Marla J. Kinney, Minneapolis
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flying birds over crashing waves; shades of blue, green and brown