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EDNA BOIES HOPKINS The Mountaineer (Andy Walking with his Mule).
Color woodcut on Japan paper, 1917. 258x232 mm; 10 1/4x9 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed and inscribed "no 6" in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression of this extremely scarce woodcut with strong colors
According to Vasseur, Hopkins (1872-1937) printed each of her color woodcuts, like many other practitioners of this technique in her day, as unique works of art and not an exact image as part of an edition. Furthermore, "The fact that each color in her prints had to be applied and transferred individually by hand may well have encouraged Hopkins to vary the colors she used. Indeed, one author has suggested that Hopkins's prints should more accurately be considered monoprints. Although most printmakers and scholars probaby would not agree with this proposition, it is worth noting, because sometimes the colors of like images vary radically. Such color variations are by no means rare in Hopkins oeuvre; in fact, they are to be expected." Vasseur 15.