Here are two pieces by Abbe, I assume from an entire series on the days of creation. The Fifth Day, with creatures of the seas and air, is especially interesting. Most obviously it’s unusual for being printed on marbled paper. This is an artist’s proof, so I don’t know whether Abbe made her entire edition on this paper, or was just experimenting. I’m sure she was thinking the watery paper might go well with the watery image. I think it’s cool, but distracts a bit from the details, which are quite interesting, too. For example, look how the ray overlaps the fish, jellyfish, squid, and other things around it. There’s a lot of movement in the composition, as compared with the land animals, which are much more static.
In addition to Abbe, I’ve featured plenty of other A printmakers in the past. Follow these links to see:
[Pictures: Genesis I.21, block print by Elfriede Abbe (Image from Flickr);