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Breaking Waves, September Tide

A work made of woodcut from three blocks in water-based colors on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut from three blocks in water-based colors on cream laid paper.

Date:

1901

Artist:

Louis Auguste Lepère
French, 1849-1918

About this artwork

Louis-Auguste Lepére began his career as a commercial wood engraver, but in 1885 he decided to begin making his own original woodcuts. Moved by Japanese prints exhibited at the 1888 Exposition Internationale de Blanc et Noir and the 1889 Exposition Universelle, Lepére experimented with the color woodcut process. Breaking Waves pays homage to the ocean imagery popular in the islands of Japan and integrates a diagonally recessed shoreline with a horizon line just above the center elements that find a counterpart in Utagawa Hiroshige’s Hamamatsu.

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Artist

Louis Auguste Lepère

Title

Breaking Waves, September Tide

Origin

France

Date

Made 1901

Medium

Woodcut from three blocks in water-based colors on cream laid paper

Dimensions

282 × 396 mm (image); 321 × 449 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of M. Knoedler and Company

Reference Number

1923.1841

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