Edward McKnight Kauffer




355 x 270 mm

Gerrish Fine Art


+44 7796 444 516

$5,500 - $12,000

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The rare woodcut, signed ‘E. McKnight Kauffer 1922’ and inscribed on the backing sheet ‘(original woodcut) For Mr and Mrs Watersten(?) (not an Xmas present but a late specimen of my work) EMcKK’. 

This woodcut is closely based on Kauffer’s oil painting 'Sunflowers' of 1917, now in the collection of the V & A Museum, London. "The bold design, clean handling and the angular simplifications and distortions of the drawing, reveal Kauffer's awareness of Post-Impressionist French and Italian art. Here he chooses to represent a subject famously treated by Van Gogh in a style modified by Cubism".

Kauffer's output as an original printmaker was confined to a handful of woodcuts executed between 1916 and 1918. This is one only five woodcuts that Kauffer created, the others being: ‘Trees and Houses’ (1916), ‘Rooftops’ (1916), ‘Flight’ (1917) and ‘Study’ (1918).

Other known impressions:
-Victoria and Albert Museum, London (signed E. McKnight Kauffer 1922).
-Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow (signed bottom right 'E. McKnight Kauffer, 22’ and inscribed ‘to Reginald Dick from Ted 1922’ with colour wash. Provenance Hilary Gerrish).
-Private collection (signed bottom right ‘E. McKnight Kauffer 1922’).
-MOMA, New York, (unsigned).