Thursday, March 20, 2014

JAMES REID: THE LIFE OF CHRIST IN WOODCUTS RE-VISITED


THE DEPOSITION

Recently,  I received an email from Robert Strossi of Brier Hill Gallery in Boston.

He'd come across my post on James Reid's The Life of Christ in Woodcuts from May, 2011..

"Saw your post about Life of Christ. Last year, I published a limited edition portfolio of wood engravings from both The Life Of Christ In Woodcuts (Farrar & Rinehart, 1930) and The Song Of Songs (Farrar & Rinehart, 1931), printed directly from the surviving blocks in possession of the Reid family. You can see the engravings at my website (www.brierhillgallery.com)."

The Brier Hill Gallery site is a splendid place to lose yourself for an hour or two.

From the ABOUT page:

"Brier Hill Gallery is an on-line source for fine prints, illustrated books, and limited-edition publications, specializing primarily in 20th and 21st century works. While familiar names are well represented, we seek and promote the work of highly talented - if less well known - men and women who in our judgment merit the attention of fellow print enthusiasts.

I believe that fine art need not be prohibitively expensive"...

Mr. Strossi duly sent along the booklet, which is a piece of art in itself. In a beautifully-written essay, he tells the story of searching for and finding the remaining members of the Reid family. Who just happened to have a cache of their father's blocks...

The Life of Christ is well worth re-visiting, especially during Lent.

THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN
Both the above and this print: "Wood engraving by James Reid for The Life Of Christ In Woodcuts published by Farrar and Rinehart in 1930. One of twelve Publisher's proofs on Mohawk Superfine 80 lb. cover for the limited edition portfolio James Reid: Selected Wood Engravings, published by Brier Hill Press, 2013. Image size 3½" x 5"; overall sheet size 9" x 12". Numbered in pencil lower left corner of image; publisher's blind stamp lower right corner of sheet."


See Brier Hill Gallery (brierhillgallery.com), under the "PRINTS" tab, for more of James Colbert Reid's work.

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