Edward Wadsworth
The Open Window c.1915

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Edward Wadsworth 1889–1949
The Open Window
Date c.1915
Medium Woodcut on paper
Dimensions Image: 184 x 133 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Not on display

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Most of Wadsworth’s surviving Vorticist works are woodcuts, which he continued to make throughout the war. He was already interested in the effects of colour, and produced six different versions of this woodcut, in colours ranging from grey to scarlet.

The American poet and writer Ezra Pound owned some of Wadsworth’s woodcuts and compared their compositions to the abstract language of music. In fact musical references appear in Wadsworth’s work through out his career (see for example Dux et Comes I 1932, also in this display).

July 2008

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