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Print, Flight

This is a Print. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. It is dated 1916. Its medium is woodcut. It is a part of the department.

Kauffer began his first experiments with vorticism in printmaking. In Housetops and Flight, he turned his subjects into geometric forms, using the balance between black and white to flatten the picture plane and convey a sense of motion. In preparation for Flight, Kauffer described carefully and obsessively observing birds in the sky. But he was also looking to 19th-century Japanese prints, and likely drew inspiration from the print reproduced below.

It is credited Private Collection.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 13.7 × 22.9 cm (5 3/8 in. × 9 in.) Frame H x W x D: 40.6 × 48.3 × 2.5 cm (16 × 19 × 1 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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