Pushkin's Tree is by far the most challenging linocut I've ever done - the largest in size at 54x43cm (image size 40x30cm), it's a 21 colour reduction linocut, with all 21 colours printed from the same block of lino which is carved multiple times and inked/printed after each carving. With reductive technique the block of lino gets destroyed in the process so the edition can never be reprinted.
Pushkin's Tree is a small edition of only 9 prints.
It's printed with oil-based ink on premium printmaking paper Kent.
All prints are numbered and signed by the artist.
Will be shipped carefully rolled in a protective tube. Shipping worldwide - please get in touch re the international shipping quote.
Below is the English translation of the poem:
An oak tree greening by the ocean;
A golden chain about it wound:
Whereon a learned cat, in motion
Both day and night, will walk around;
On walking right, he sings a ditty;
On walking left, he tells a lay.
A magic place: there winds his way
The wood sprite, there’s a mermaid sitting
In branches, there on trails past knowing
Are tracks of beasts you never met;
On chicken feet a hut is set
With neither door nor window showing.
There wood and dale with wonders teem;
At dawn of day the breakers stream
Upon the bare and barren lea,
And thirty handsome armored heroes
File from the waters’ shining mirrors,
With them the Usher from the Sea.
There glimpse a prince, and in his passing
He makes the dreaded tsar his slave;
Aloft, before the people massing,
Across the wood, across the wave,
A warlock bears a warrior brave;
[A grieving princess in a cell,
And faithful wolf that serves her well];
See Baba Yaga’s mortar glide
All of itself, with her astride.
There droops Kashchey, on treasure bent;
There’s Russian spirit… Russia’s scent!
And there I stayed, and drank of mead;
That oak tree greening by the shore
I sat beneath, and of his lore
The learned cat would chant and read.
One tale of these I kept in mind,
And tell it now to all my kind…
Translation by Walter Arndt
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