Published as a book plate in 1936, this is a small but outstanding print of a woodcut by John Farley, (1900-1965) a famous British illustrator of the XXth Century.
(You will find a thorough description of the artist's work in Wikipedia)
This is the second printing, very likely an offset, of the artwork which appeared first in 1930.
It is also a rare piece.
Farleigh's "Eagle" is a small masterpiece of the School of Art Deco woodcuts, which started in the 1920s, spread all over the North of Europe and the East Coast , resumed its momentum after WWII, until it faded out some time in the 1960s.
The piece is small, but then all woodcuts are.
There are many top names associated with this trend, and I have been carrying examples of the School regularly, as I strongly believe in both its artistic power, and its future value.
Please see my woodcuts by DROUART, RÖSSING and BUDZINSKI, in the Fine Art/Printmaking category, as they all belong to that School.
The trend is famous for carving well lit areas out of the darkness of the image. A darkness that often reflects the darkness of experience.
Farleigh's "Eagle" whose dark feathers are outlined in white, is perfectly representative of this technique.
But of course "the Eagle" goes far beyond a mere technical trick.
The bird has an extraordinary presence, and his neck and head a dramatic expression that is simply breathtaking.
Rare and precious!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 6 1/4". Width: 4 1/4".
( 16 cm) x ( 11 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition with no damage.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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