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Traditional color woodcuts are printed from separate blocks, one created for each color. In reduction woodcut the colors are all printed from one block, each color in succession (usually light to dark), as the original surface of the block is cut away or reduced. This produces rich, layered, painterly prints.
Martin Lewis (Australian / American, 1881–1962) is largely regarded as one of the great chroniclers of urban and suburban American life. His keen ability to capture the atmospheric effects of light coupled with his advanced technical skills in etching and drypoint have made Lewis one of the most sought-after printmakers of the 20th century.
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