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Pines by the Sea (Departure of the Fishing Fleet) - - 1912, Color Woodcut.
Gravalos/Pulin 34. Edition c. 200. Signed Copyright 1913 by Bertha Lum and numbered no 194 in the image, bottom center and right.
Image size 8 7/8 x 12 5/8 inches (226 x 328 mm); sheet size 9 3/4 x 13 5/8 inches (248 x 346 mm).
A fine, fresh impression, on cream Japan, with margins (1/4 to 5/8 inch), in excellent condition.
The print was reproduced for the invitation of the Albert Rouiller Gallery exhibition of Lum's work in 1912. International Studio wrote in December 1912: Lum possesses "in an unusual degree that rare gift . . . priceless to the artist . . . good color sense, combined with an instinctive grasp of composition . . . The wonderful facility of seizing on the best combination of landscape and figure possessed by the master makers of the old-day prints would appear to have descended to Mrs. Lum who [is] proceeding along lines both new and original."
Illustrated in Japonisme Comes to America: The Japanese Impact on the Graphic Arts, 1976-1925, by Julia Meech and Gabriel P. Weisberg, New York: H. N. Abrams, 1990; Bertha Lum, "American Printmakers," Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.
Collections: AFGA, LC, MIA, MMA.
Land of the Bluebird (Swallows) - - 1916, Color Woodcut.
Gravalos/Pulin 40. Edition not stated. Signed Copyright 1916 by Bertha Lum and numbered no 21 in pencil in the image, bottom right.
Image size 19 3/8 x 9 5/8 inches (492 x 244 mm); sheet size 17 x 10 inches (432 x 254 mm).
A fine impression, on cream laid Japan, with margins (3/16 to 1/4 inch). Backing paper remains in the four sheet corners, where the print was originally spot glued, otherwise in excellent condition.
Reproduced in the American Magazine of Art, August 1917; and International Studio, January 1921.
Collections: AFGA, LC.