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Guy Malet

1900 - 1973

The Edge of the Wood by Guy Malet

The Edge of the Wood   c.1928

  Original linocut, printed in colours.
Signed and numbered in pencil.
S 262 x 346 mm; I 216 x 305 mm
Extremely rare original linocut.

The artist’s own exhibition proof
– good, strong impression.

This image of a landscape seen through the stark branches of a group of leafless trees at the edge of the wood is characteristic of Guy Malet’s sense of bold, modern design. Printed in two colours (dark brown and faun) on a toned paper, this linocut shows Guy Malet’s inherent leaning towards wood engraving and woodcut design. Here, he has created the principal image, which could stand alone, from the key block and has used the faun-printed lino block in the manner in which early lithographers would have used a tint stone.

Numbered ‘3’ from a projected edition of 50 impressions, this print is now extremely rare as the majority of the edition was ruined in the flood which destroyed almost all of Guy Malet’s linocut output.

On fine laid paper with specially green-toned outer margins. With full margins and with the registration triangles in the lower border of the sheet. One fine printing crease towards right of image. Slight fading of green tone in outer margin at upper edge of sheet. Two expertly repaired tears at upper corners of image, otherwise very fine condition.

Provenance: The studio of Guy Malet, with original backboard label inscribed by the artist.