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The woodcut art of J.J. Lankes
Taylor, Welford Dunaway.
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Publication Information:
Boston : David R. Godine Publisher, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiv, 112 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm.
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Taylor (English, U. of Richmond) paints a rich portrait of Lankes, arguably the first genuine native-born American woodcut artist who was the sole creator of about 1,300 b&w images used on everything from book jackets to theater posters. He presents Lankes' varied and striking renditions of the peop

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Taylor brings the work of this largely forgotten woodcut artist to light in a thorough and easy to read manner. Lankes's life is detailed so that the reader gets the feeling of the man and becomes sympathetic to his artistic style, which by the 1940s and '50s could have been seen as old-fashioned. The scenes of farms, woods, and fields that provided Lankes's favorite subject matter are perfectly mated to his comfortable, vernacular style. Publisher Godine has provided exemplary production standards for this book; for example, the many illustrations occur on the outside of the page, so that they are free of distortion as the page bends into the gutter. The natural white uncoated paper is ideal for displaying the woodcuts: it not only allows exquisite sharpness of line but reflects the warmth of Lankes's aesthetics. Designer Anne Chalmers has chosen Adobe Caslon type in a size and leading that is perfect. The printing is of the highest standard, the solid blacks holding smooth and deep without a trace of washout. This is a master example of commercial book production. This highly recommended book provides a useful counterexample to the styles of artists such as Eric Gill and Rockwell Kent. All levels. S. Skaggs; University of Louisville

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