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Notre Dame, Paris by Walter Hoyle

Notre Dame, Paris by Walter Hoyle
Accession Code: wu0768
Title: Notre Dame, Paris
Date completed:
Medium: Prints
Location Name: Westwood
Location Description: New Education Building

This impression of Notre Dame Cathedral seen through trees is a typical example of its period and of the linocut technique which facilitates the creation of bold patterning and texture. This twentieth century variation on the older technique of wood-engraving uses sheets of linoleum in place of blocks of wood. The material has no directional grain and allows greater freedom of cutting but being softer, cannot produce such fine lines or clear edges as a woodcut. It was used to great effect by Matisse and Picasso and gained popularity in England after the Second World War among artists such as Edward Bawden (1903-1989) who developed a high degree of technical skill in the medium and was Walter Hoyle's tutor at the Royal College of Art.