This first block print is similar to a few others I found by Angelo, in his choice of subject, in the high proportion of black, in the small people who are part of the cityscape without being its focus. Angelo was about 72 when he made it, so although it was a later work for him, he was clearly still going strong.
Angelo frequently used color in his linocuts: usually somewhat muted, monochromatic color schemes. As usual, I tend to prefer the black and white, but I’ve included this one color piece I like. I’m not sure what technique he used to print the different colors. While he’s clearly using the white line technique to separate areas of different color on a single block, the sky looks as if it’s had yellow ink printed over green ink. That could imply a reduction print technique,
although perhaps Angelo just inked it doubly because he liked the way it looked.
I think it might be fun to try something with so much black. I wonder what I would do…
[Pictures: Subway Entrance. New York, NY, woodcut by Valenti Angelo, 1969 (Image from The Old Print Shop);
Gelber, Lilienthal Inc. Books, woodcut by Angelo, 1920s (Image from Princeton University Library);
Dawn, color linocut by Angelo, 1949 (Image from Keith Sheridan);
Cat, linocut by Angelo, 1952 (Image from The Old Print Shop).]