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.