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Wood Engraving

The Art of Wood Engraving and Relief Engraving

Barry Moser

Written and illustrated by master wood engraver Barry Moser, this primer on the art of wood engraving is filled with valuable knowledge including how to prepare a printing block; how to think in the medium’s properties of line, shape, and ink; and how to transfer a drawing onto a block. It also offers practical advice on which tools to use for a project and which ink works best. A highly illustrated guide to this art form, Wood Engraving will be useful to experienced and beginner engravers alike. This book features stunning examples of Moser’s art and skill to admire and inspire.

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Paper: $27.95 | E-book: $24.95
ISBN-13: 9781684580484
Pages: 112 | Size: 7.5 in. x 10 in.
Date Published: April 1, 2021
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Barry Moser holds a place among the top tier of the top tier of illustrators. He is one of the foremost living practitioners of wood engraving, an unforgiving medium in which he has developed a style characterized by studied realism and fine attention to detail.
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Reviews

  • Moser’s small, firmly detailed, strongly textured, and subtly expressive black-and-white portraits demonstrate all that art can grasp and encompass.

    Booklist
  • Moser is arguably the pre-eminent bookman in the world today, working as an artist, printmaker, and designer.

    University California Library Blog
  • Barry Moser holds a place among the top tier of the top tier of illustrators. He is one of the foremost living practitioners of wood engraving, an unforgiving medium in which he has developed a style characterized by studied realism and fine attention to detail.

    The Arts Fuse
  • Moser's engravings are direct and sometimes harrowing.

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • Barry Moser, one of the most widely acknowledged printmaking geniuses in the world.

    Catholic Library World

About the Author

Barry Moser is the foremost wood engraver working in the United States today. A member of the National Academy of Design, he has his work is in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum, Library of Congress, and British Museum. He taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for ten years; was the 1995 Oates Fellow in Humanities at Princeton; and was a distinguished scholar at the University of Louisville in 2001. He currently teaches at Smith College and lives in Western Massachusetts. He has illustrated over two hundred fifty books, including Moby-Dick, The Divine Comedy, and the acclaimed Pennyroyal Caxton Bible. His edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland won the 1983 National Book Award.

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