Speed, Claude Flight, 1922. Linocut from four blocks. 57.4 × 73.2 cm.

Linocut is a relief printmaking process in which the areas around the image to be printed are cut away from a sheet of linoleum, leaving the image on linoleum in relief. The raised areas are then inked and the image transferred onto a second surface, usually paper. Linoleum is a malleable surface that is easier to cut into than wood or metal, allowing artists to create more subtle variations and effects.

Although the German artists of Die Brücke experimented briefly with linocut in the first decade of the twentieth century, the medium rose to prominence with the British Grosvenor School of artists in the 1920s and 1930s. The industrial nature of the material chimed with their mission to make art available to all and their rich mutlicolour linocuts depict the elegant lines and sleek movements of modernity.

Featured Linocuts

Speedway, Sybil Andrews, 1934. Linocut printed from 4 blocks. Edition of 60. 32.6 x 23.3 cm

Jacqueline Lisant, Pablo Picasso, 1964. Linocut. Linocut, 1964. Signed and numbered in pencil. From the edition of 50, printed by Imprimerie Arnera, and published by Galerie Louise Leiris. Image size : 64.0 x 52.8 x cm. Sheet size : 73.66 x 60.96 x cm. Bloch 1181; Baer 1292 superposition des plateaux.

St Paul's, Edward Bawden, 1952. Linocut. 45.7 x 38cm

Exposition de Vallauris, Pablo Picasso. 1962. Linocut printed in colors. Image Size: 64 x 53 cm. Sheet Size: 75 x 62 cm

Bayham Estate, Keith Coventry, 2015. Linocut on paper. Edition of 20. Signed, numbered, tiled and dated. Image size: 24 x 18.5 cm

Real Spring, Eileen CooperRA, Linocut. On BFK Rives Tan 250 gsm. Block size: 30 x 20 cm. Edition 25.

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