04 May 2006

Werner Drewes (1899–1985)

Werner Drewes
3 woodcuts by Werner Drewes

Bauhaus educated Werner Drewes immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1930 and settled in New York. After studying at the Art Students League, he taught printmaking at the Brooklyn Museum School, Columbia University, and, later, Washington University in St. Louis. He was director of the Graphic Arts Division of the New York City Federal Art Project in 1940 and 1941.

I love his use of strong color. Although I believe he used oil-based inks, I've read that he usually printed his color woodcuts by hand on soft Japanese paper as he felt he could gain more subtlety and control that way than on a press.


Darren Reece said...

Thanks for the post on Werner Drewes; he was one of the best in his time at getting emotion into his prints.

Nicole said...

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Isn't it neat how abstract blocks of color can communicate such energy and fun?

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