With Tod Lindenmuth's fishermens pictures in mind I cannot withhold this gem of a woodcut by one Alfred Czerepak. Obscured artist maybe, but he is casually showing, like Lindenmuth, many details of traditional coastal fishing. Hauling the net and the rich catch. The team of 8 hard working fishermen. Would I love to have a copy.
Johannes Franken also showing his Dutch nethauling fishermen. Of the same period. See my earlier posting on Franken.
And Donald Witherstine (1896-1961), Provincetown artist, choose fishermen and their nets for his woodblockprint
The saying Alfred Czerepak has has cut into the design (in Norwegian or Danish) translates: "when the fields are poor, the sea is rich". It makes you think about the conditions these men and their families worked and lived in.
Why Alfred (of Tjech origin ?) send us this Scandinavian text and which type of fishing (in Scandinavia it would have been herring, in more southern regions ansjovis ?) he wanted to show us I have no clue.
I've found a couple of nice paintings by Alfred Czerapak, in different styles. Remarkable is that special attention was given to every individual frame I've seen in all his paintings. As though every painting has been given a personally designed frame. Made from earlier used wood or old framework.
Please let me know if you know of more woodcut pictures by Alfred.