American (1893 – 1963)
Forest Fire, 1937
Wien 203, only state. Wood engraving on wove japanese paper, full margins. One of five unsigned impressions apart from the signed edition of 25. Rare. Commissioned by the Federal Art Project. With the petrel estate stamp, and inscription in the lower margin “Fire in L.A. Hills” in pencil. Annotated by the artist at bottom right “For ML” (his wife, Margaret).
8 x 6 ¼ inches | 20.3 x 15.9 cm
According to Wien, Forest Fire was completed before the larger Death of a Forest. Landacre expressed his opposition to regional controlled burns, which he believed endangered homes and wildlife, in his wood engraving Lot Cleaning – Los Angeles. However, in Forest Fire and Death of a Forest, he finds beauty even in destructive wildfires.
Please contact the gallery for the price. (510) 654-7910
Learn more about the artist and his work in our catalogue, PAUL LANDACRE Wood Engravings.