Is a block print better when it’s trying to look like a sloppy paint job instead? Is an apple better when it isn’t so dagnab representational? I dared to be bored by yesterday’s traditional apple, and art is taking its revenge with Roy Lichtenstein! I may prefer my apples and my relief block prints less scribbly, but I have to admire the technique that turns the staid medium of wood block printing into something that looks so spontaneous.
[Picture: Two Apples from Seven Apples Woodcuts, woodcut in colors by Roy Lichtenstein, 1983 (Image from Christie’s)]