Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Night Sky & Milky Way (part I)

Night Sky & Milky Way

After a successful swap of prints I promised fellow print collector and reader Kevin in Wisconsin (USA) to ask the help of readers of this Blog to identify his 1922 woodblock print of a night sky. If you have any idea: please send a message.  

There is a possible symbolic message (Christmas) because of the visible comet over the horizon. There's a small "G" monogrammed lower left. 


This is also a fine opportunity sharing some more pictures of Night Sky and Milky Way prints. Here a random selection of my most favorite. 

Baikaleisnacht (Baikal Icy Night) 1923
Siberiën 1914-1919
"in Dankbare Deutscher Treue" 

Lily (from the great Japonisme Blog) send me this fine example, above, just a few days ago. It's by Viktor Böhm (1880-1954), a hardly known printmaker I've already shared with you in the Blog (here*). It was found in a recent auction catalogue. 


Two classic examples by American printmakers Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) and William Selzer Rice (1873-1963) above.

Next: Lituanian/American artist Vija Celmins (b.1938-) who created several prints showing the heavens and Mila (Ludmilla) von Luttich (1872-1929) from Austria a decorative and Art Deco artist from Vienna.

Neil Welliver (1929-2005) and Robert Ayton (1915-1985). Ayton illustrated the 1961 Ladybird book "Night Sky". 

This haunting and desolate 1941 night sky print by Australian-German Ludwig Hirschfield Mack (1893-1965) from inside a prisoner of war camp, neatly closing the circle of this posting with Viktor Böhm's print from Siberia.

A great but outside Russia hardly known printmaker Anna Ostroumova-Lebedava (1871-1955) showing St. Petersburg and Orion obviously inspired by the many Japanese examples for instance by Kobayashi Kiyoshika (1847-1915) who created several star filled prints and will be awarded his own posting soon.

Anatoliy Markusha a contemporary Russian illustrator and Emil Schuller (?) who worked for the "Jugend" Magazine around 1915. There are so many more fine examples there will be definitely be a Part II soon.

All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only. 

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  1. Firstly: great blog, it's my first time here but I will be back. I also love and collect wood and lino prints, and came here trough a search for Lou Hamer, of whom I bought a print just recently.

    But about the unknown artist from the first print in this post: to me the signature reads "J. Pauw", and coincidentally there was a Belgian artist, Jef de Pauw, who almost only made snowscapes.
    He was a painter, however, and I do not know much about his work, nor can I compare known autographs by him, so it is a guess, a suggestion.

    Compared next to the paintings, this work could be by Jef de Pauw, especially since the load on the wagon looks a lot like the farmhouses Pauw often incorporated in his paintings.

    Again, it's an educated guess, a suggestion, that might be worth looking into a bit further.

    By the way: moonlit land- or seascapes are one of my favorite subjects, and this article was posted on my birthday. ;-)

    1. Hello (hallo) Sander, thank you very much for the really good suggestion linking the signature to Jef de Pauw. I think you mean Lou(is) Haver: let me know which print I have quite a few myself and am preparing a posting on him. I've been looking for one particular print for a long time. And: many happy years, nog vele jaren!

  2. Hello Gerrie,

    Indeed, Lou(is) Haver it is: I was confused and made a mistake, for in the same week I got the print I also bought a painting by Flip Hamer, without me knowing that they were friends and worked together. A coincidence and a whole different story alltogether.

    The Haver print depicts a small, outward bound fishing boat towing a launch. A brown silhouette against an orange background of a cloudy sky and a smooth, mirroring water surface.

    I hope this upload works:

    Cheers, bedankt!

  3. Really glorious prints. Thanks, Gerrie.

    1. Yes, lovely stuff isn't it ? Thank you, Karen