The Old Print Shop

Untitled: Flower Arrangement.

  • ARTIST: Margaret Patterson

  • MEDIUM: Color woodcut,

    DATE: c.1920.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 10 1/2 x 7 1/2" (26.7 x 18.8 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Margaret Jordan Patterson (1867–1950) was born at sea off the coast of Indonesia, as the daughter and granddaughter of sea captains. She studied art at Pratt Institute under Arthur Wesley Dow in 1895 and continued her studies in Europe. She returned to Italy and France through her life. It was in Paris that she learned to make color woodcut from American artist, Ethel Mars. Creating her first print in 1911, Patterson originally used color woodcuts to reproduce her paintings. Eventually, watercolors served as preliminary studies for her prints. This way, she made exacting studies of color before transferring the work to woodblock. Like Frances Gearhart, Patterson often printed with a lavender blue key block (or major color element) instead of the more traditional black. The muted tones soften the outlines between colors and give a more harmonious color scheme. During WWI Patterson was director of the art department at the girls school in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She also taught art in public schools in Boston and Portsmouth, NH. In the 1930s she added floral still lifes to landscapes as her main subjects, using them to explore the relationship between color and form. Her work was in Paris exhibitions early in her career and mostly in Boston and New York, later. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cleveland Art Museum and Oakland Art Museum include her work in their collections. <br><br>

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Unsigned.

  • CONDITION: Good condition save for narrow margins.