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Guy Malet

1900 - 1973

Dinan by Guy Malet

Dinan   c.1931

  Original linocut, printed in two colours.
Signed, titled and numbered in pencil.
S 279 x 370 mm; I 202 x 273 mm
Very good, evenly printed proof impression with strong, unfaded colours. The artist’s own exhibition proof, mounted on its original backboard - a particularly good example printed in dark green and olive green/ochre inks. Provenance: The studio of Guy Malet.

In this highly effective two-colour linocut of Dinan, in France, Guy Malet has introduced far greater detail than in his earlier Grosvenor School linocuts. Here, he has created a detailed image which could stand alone from the key block itself and, in this respect, he has begun to move away from Iain Macnab’s concepts of rhythmic motion and Claude Flight’s teachings of bold areas of colour, towards a style more closely allied to that of wood engraving. The unusual aerial viewpoint which Guy Malet has chosen for this image was to become characteristic of his wood engraved works. Indeed, Dinan may be seen as a transitional work between the art of linocut propounded by the Grosvenor School and the art of the wood engraver.

On fine, firm Japan-style paper with full margins and deckle edge. Mounted on inscribed original backboard, as prepared by the artist. Some waterstains at sheet corners, otherwise very good original condition.