[Chicago Snow Storm, wood block print by Charles Turzak, 1934 (Image from Ohio University).]
January 27, 2015
The great blizzard of 2015 has struck, and while it actually hasn’t been too terrible here where we are, it’s certainly very snowy! School is off, the driveway is covered and the street not much better, and we haven’t lost our electricity, so all is good. To celebrate, here’s a great wood block print of a blizzard. This is by Charles Turzak (U.S. 1899-1986). Swirling modernist lines look out of place in some pieces of art, but they work well here to show the blizzard’s wind. I like the texture of the snow around the central man’s feet, and the blaze of headlights in the center left. I’ve got a number of quiet scenes with beautiful, peaceful blankets of snow, and I’ll share some more of those in the next few weeks, since our snow won’t be going anywhere soon. But right now the wild, blizzardy chaos of this one is wonderfully exciting.