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FLIGHT, Claude.

The Art and Craft of Lino Cutting and Printing.

Published: London: B. T. Batsford, 1934

Stock code: 109086

Price: £200

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First edition, first impression. Claude Flight (1881–1955) was a devoted champion of the colour linocut, which, as he put it, “has no tradition or technique behind it, so that the student can go forward without thinking of what Bewick or Rembrandt did before” (p. 63). The exhibition he organised at the Redfern Gallery in London in 1929 was “the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the linocut in Britain; its success at the Redfern Gallery, London, led to a series of eight annual exhibitions which he arranged, initially at the Redfern and then at the Ward Gallery, London, until 1937. Flight also introduced the linocut to a diverse international audience through exhibitions toured by the Redfern to the United States (1929 and 1934), China (1931), Australia (1932 and 1937), and Canada (1935–6). Flight viewed the modern linocut, with its bold colour, geometric design, and rhythmic expression, as the new democratic art medium that would furnish homes with contemporary decorative designs at affordable prices. With utopian fervour he looked forward to the day when this ‘art of the people for their homes’ (Flight, Lino-cuts, 12) might sell ‘at a price … paid by the average man for his daily beer or his cinema ticket’ (ibid., 4)” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original cream-cloth backed white paper boards, titles to spine in black, front board decorated with an original colour lino print by Flight. Colour frontispiece and 4 other plates, numerous black and white illustrations. Ink stamp of the Times Book Club to rear pastedown. Tiny dampstain to front board. An excellent copy.

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