Toscana, 2001

Toscana, 2001


Original linocut monotypes on handmade papers, and pulp painted covers form an artist’s book of panels describing the landscapes of Tuscany; closed 14 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches, opens to 5.5 inches; edition of 4. 

Toscana is a panorama of scenes drawn on site in rural Tuscany, an area well known by the artist. An olive tree seen from close range, a farm house and tile-roofed church, open into vinyards and sunflower fields, and a full tree-covered hillside. The colors reflect the pure hues seen everywhere in this countryside: blue sky, terra cotta roof, silver-green leaves, dusty orange earth, yellow-gold fields.

Toscana is hand-bound by the artist; the prints were cut and printed by the artist from her original drawings. Comprising the interior panels are six original color prints. Linocuts are printed over monotypes. Panels are hinged with cloth.

All papers are handmade by the artist. Unique pulp paintings create the images of the covers, which are cast paper made from cotton, painted while being formed using pigmented flax pulp. The images within the book are printed on paper made of cotton and flax especially to reflect the atmosphere of Tuscany. Bagasse papers cover the exterior of the panels.

The box housing this artist’s book is designed and handmade by master craftsperson Linda Blaser.

Additional information

Weight4 lbs
Dimensions14 × 10.5 × 1.5 in
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