view of water between purple and green rocky coastline; yellow and pink coast in distance; blue and green cloudy sky across upper 2/3 of image, with small blue airplane in ULQ; blue border around image

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Into the Blue, c. 1930

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This airplane represents a rare intrusion of modern technology in Frances Gearhart’s landscapes. Perhaps the artist wanted us to look up. Or perhaps the plane is meant to emphasize the leftward direction of the clouds, especially the ones that seem to be closing in on it. We can see Gearhart hand-painting her printing blocks to build this magnificent cloudscape—randomly placed brushstrokes in the lower sky to add depth, graduated inking in the clouds to add drama. The popcorn-like parts of the clouds get their whiteness from the uninked paper. Gearhart was unusual in combining color woodcut and linocut in a single impression. She typically reserved linocut for the dark details and border, perhaps because the smoother linoleum surface allowed for the use of thick, pure oils.

Details
Title
Into the Blue
Artist Life
1869 - 1958
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2020.32
Provenance
The artist, sold to private collection; by descent, her son/daughter, private collection, Tampa, Fla. (until c. 2014; sold to Carl); (William P. Carl, Durham, N.C. about 2014-20).
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view of water between purple and green rocky coastline; yellow and pink coast in distance; blue and green cloudy sky across upper 2/3 of image, with small blue airplane in ULQ; blue border around image

© Estate of Frances Gearhart

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