Pedro J. Lemos, The Path to the Sea, ca. 1915
Color woodcut on Japanese paper, 10 ⅛ x 7 ½ in. (25.7 x 19.1 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund, 1987.1.37
Lemos was a student of Arthur Dow at Teacher's College and the primary San Francisco Bay Area exponent of Dow's theories and Arts and Crafts ideals of handcraftsmanship. As early as 1915, when he was chief organizer of the California print exhibition at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, Lemos was making his own woodcuts in the Japanese manner. In this one, he quotes from a Hiroshige design of twisted and bent trunks of pine trees perched on a steep cliff, but he transports his landscape to the windswept northern California coast and uses an unusual color scheme to underscore his modernistic design.
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