The Wood-Engravings of Gertrude Hermes
Artist(s): Gertrude Hermes
Author(s): Judith Russell (Editor)
Year published: 1993
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 132
Illustrations: Includes 170 Black & white illustrations
Gertrude Hermes RA was a sculptor as well as a wood-engraver, and she also produced colour prints, both lino and wood-cuts. This book, however, concentrates on her work as a wood-engraver, reproducing in a generous format virtually the whole of her output.
The influences on her work included artists such as Brancusi, Gaudier-Brzeska and Leon Underwood, the tensions in her own life, and the natural world about her (plant forms, fishes, birds). Many of her engravings were used to illustrate expensive volumes published by private presses, others appeared in the Penguin Illustrated Classics, sold in the late 1930’s for sixpence.
The artist’s daughter Judith Russell has edited this volume, and explains much about Gertrude Hermes that needs to be known for a fuller understanding of the engravings. However in one sense the illustrations can be enjoyed without further commentary – for their presence, scale and size, and sheer romance.
This Wood-Engravings of Gertrude Hermes book offers a visual feast in large format with full page illustrations.