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The Blue Chairs

Blanche Lazzell (American, 1878-1956)

Lazzell was back from Europe and in Provincetown in 1915 when the white-line “Provincetown print” was invented, but she did not adopt the technique until 1916. From then until the end of her life, Lazzell was the great exponent of the method, which she taught to many others.

The Blue Chairs, carved from the plank side of a block of wood in 1918 and printed in 1919, was Lazzell’s eighth print. She applied the colors selectively to each area of the design, separated from its neighbors by incised grooves, which prevented the inks from mixing. She repeated the process for each of the four recorded impressions of this print.

Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1991.

Object Information

Blanche Lazzell (American, 1878-1956)
creation date
color woodblock print
9 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (image)
15 1/8 x 12 5/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
signed and dated, in pencil, below image, L.L.: Blanche Lazzell / 1919 | inscribed in pencil, below image, L.R.: The Blue Chairs
accession number
credit line
Alicia Ballard Fine Arts Purchase Fund
© Blanche Lazzell
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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