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Cyril Edward Power

Matriarchy , 1931

Linocut

Image Size: 26.5 x 36.5 cm / Paper Size: 31.1 x 42.6 cm

50

$5,500 - $12,000

Gerrish Fine Art

London,

+44 7796 444 516

About

Signed, titled and numbered ‘no.8’ from the edition of 50. Printed from two blocks, in yellow ochre and cobalt blue. Printed on buff oriental laid tissue. 

Cyril Power possessed an extensive knowledge of various cultural traditions from around the world. The diversity of his studies taking him from Mayan and Buddhist to Medieval and African art. Power and Sybil Andrews owned a fascinating collection of African tribal artefacts and these, along with his knowledge of African tribal customs, no doubt inspired the rhythmic patterns and shapes created by the stylised male and female bodies in ‘Matriarchy’. He wrote in a 1924 essay that ‘the primitive is always modern and eternal’.

Image Size: 26.5 x 36.5 cm

Paper Size: 31.1 x 42.6 cm

Collections: MOMA, NY; V & A

Reference: Vann 21

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