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Guide to the Arthur Segal woodcuts, 1972 (from woodcuts created 1912-1919)

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

KA.0074

Creator - Woodcutter

Segal, Arthur, 1875-1944

Title

Arthur Segal woodcuts, 1972 (from woodcuts created 1912-1919)

Extent

2 linear ft: 2 boxes (68 woodcut prints)

Summary

The collection consists of 68 prints out of a set of 70 from woodcuts created by Romanian-born painter Arthur Segal (1875-1944) between 1912 and 1919. The prints, from Segal's original blocks, were made on handmade paper by William Carter, and published by Richard Nathanson.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Arthur Segal woodcuts, KA.0074, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical note

Arthur Segal (1875-1944) was born in Jassy, Romania and emigrated as a young man to Berlin, where he exhibited with artists who were part of the German Expressionist groups Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter. Segal opposed the First World War, opting to emigrate to Switzerland instead of returning to Romania to fight, and creating work that expressed his anti-war beliefs. In Switzerland, the artist exhibited with Jean Arp and the Dada circle in Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire. Back in Berlin in 1920, Segal directed and exhibited with the Novembergruppe until 1932, when he was prevented from further exhibiting in Germany. He emigrated first to Majorca in 1933, and finally settled in London, where, in 1936, he opened the Arthur Segal Painting School for Professionals and Non-Professionals. His works are held by the Tate Gallery, the Tribes Fine Art Gallery in Israel, and the University of Massachusetts of Amherst, among many others.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of 68 prints of a set of 70 woodcuts by Arthur Segal. The prints, from Segal's original blocks, were made on handmade paper by William Carter, and published by Richard Nathanson. Numbered 27 out of an edition of 80, the prints are on paper of two sizes: 11-1/4 x 15-1/2 or 15-1/4 x 22-3/4 inches, and range in size from approximately 2 x 3 to 8 x10 inches. Each sheet bears a watermark of the artist’s signature. Prints from woodblocks made in 1915 depict brutal scenes of warfare, constituting Segal's expressive opposition to World War I. Other prints are more serene, depicting buildings, landscapes, and abstracted village scenes, as well as a small number with overtly religious themes. Certain of the prints, found here in the folders titled "Grids," exemplify an important shift in style executed by Segal in 1916, representing his notion of "equi-balance," in which images placed in a grid structure balance black and white equally, without assigning greater value to any single area on the grid. This visual statement expressed Segal's belief that "in nature everything is of equal importance and interest."

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Organization and Arrangement

Prints are arranged alphabetically by subject or style.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - July 2012

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Arthur Segal woodcuts, KA.0074, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Revision Description

 Dates revised. May 3, 2016

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession date not known. The Segal prints were separated by archivists from a larger set of prints and other artwork formerly titled, "Original artwork by various artists."

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Related Materials

The University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst owns a set of 70 Segal woodcuts (it is likely that the prints in the New School collection are from this edition, although they do not comprise the complete set of 70).

The International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries holds an original publication of Segal prints, Vom Strande: acht Original-Holzschnitte, as well as a few other examples of his work.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Etchings (prints).
  • Woodcuts (prints).

Occupation(s)

  • Printmakers.

Personal Name(s)

  • Carter, William
  • Nathanson, Richard

Subject(s)

  • Fine arts.
  • Prints -- Technique.

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Bibliography

All information about Segal and his work in this collection guide was obtained from the website of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "Arthur Segal Woodcuts." Accessed August 16, 2010. http://www.umass.edu/fac/calendar/universitygallery/events/ArthurSegal.html

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
Boats 
OSxx-1 1
Buildings and landscapes 
k_15 1-3
OSxx-1 2-4
Figurative 
OSxx-1 5
Figures in a scene or landscape 
k_15 4
OSxx-1 6
Grids 
k_15 6
OSxx-1 7
Warfare 
k_15 5
OSxx-1 8

Collection Guide Last Updated: 10/25/2016

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