Saturday, June 19, 2010

Woodcuts by H. Eric Bergman

Bergman was a Canadian printmaker most prolific in the 1920's and 30's, of whom it was once said, "he believes in being faithful to his medium, in exploring the wood but never violating its nature. ...The result is that his subjects are chosen for appropriateness to the wood."

He tended to focus on the trees, often suggesting the background with simple shapes and tones. There's a rich metaphor lurking there: a man who cuts pictures of trees into pieces of wood...