I love this pair of owls. They’re stylized, but still have plenty of personality; they’re a matching set but each an individual. There’s no background, no tiny details or intricate textures, just a charming, bold, straight-forward design.
This second example is even bolder and more stylized, and looks more like it might have been intended as graphic work more than “Fine Art." It would bear repetition as a tile design or wallpaper border or a silk scarf. I also found just a thumbnail of another flower with a similar look (though I particularly like
the background of the nasturtiums). I wonder how many other flower designs de Graag might have done in this style and color scheme. I find them really attractive and love the use of color.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to find more about this artist, but I’m grateful that I found what I did - just remember that twenty years ago, without all the wonderful artwork posted on the internet, none of this would have been possible at all!
[Pictures: Twee uilen (Two Owls) woodcut by Julie de Graag, 1921;
Oost-Indische kers (Nasturtium) color woodcut by de Graag, 1919 (Images from Gemeente Museum den Haag);
Geranium, color woodcut by de Graag, 1918.]