Frieze (France), 1835–45
This deep perspective is rather unusual for a frieze paper and this effect was usually reserved for scenic wallpapers until landscape friezes were popularized in the very late 19th century. This strong perspective draws your eyes into the distance, visually opening up the room and making the space appear larger. The view looks dead on into a colonnaded courtyard or cloister, opening in the distance to a growth of trees. This opens up to a sky that is beautifully shaded from a light terra cotta to a crisp blue. The courtyard is filled with a cast of characters dressed in brightly colored Shakespearean costume as well as a single monk or friar.
This is woodblock printed in about 15 colors, not including the sky. Interesting to note is that the large expanses of white and the blue filling the arches have been over painted with brush and stencil.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 54 x 116.8 cm (21 1/4 in. x 46 in.)
Cite this object as
Frieze (France), 1835–45; block-printed and stenciled on machine-made paper; H x W x D: 54 x 116.8 cm (21 1/4 in. x 46 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1931-45-80