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In 1983 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held a retrospective exhibit of the work of Paul Landacre, a favorite of mine ever since Renee Farmar persuaded me to buy his "Sultry Day" print at the St. Louis Printmarket in the 1980s. Landacre was widely held to be the best wood-block print artist of his time, rivaled only by Rockwell Kent (another favorite of mine).

Of the 30 or so prints shown and described here, "Sultry Day" remains my favorite. I'd love to collect some more Landacre prints, but prices for his work have skyrocketed since then. I'm not good at describing why particular art appeals to me, but I am impressed by Landacre's mastery of the contrasts between light and dark, and the solidity and texture of his work. In addition, "Sultry Day" is still one of the most unconsciously sensual works of art I've ever seen. Landacre's beloved wife and helpmate, Margaret, died of cancer in 1963. Landacre died in hospital a month later, not long after a suicide attempt. ( )
  burnit99 | Aug 6, 2014 |
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