Cyril Pearce R.B.A (1882-1967), Winter landscape in brown, 1929, colour woodcut on paper

Cyril Pearce R.B.A (1882-1967), Winter landscape in brown, 1929, colour woodcut on paper, The University of Reading Department of Typography and Graphic Communication [TYP/AS/34]

An art student at University College Reading until 1907, where he would have studied the colour woodcut method under Seaby, Pearce later became a lecturer in Design and Composition in Seaby’s department at the University and authored a manual entitled Composition on the principals of pictorial design in 1927.

In this winter landscape, possibly after a scene sketched locally, we see Pearce experimenting with the effects of colour and tone on the composition, most prominently through switching the dominant background hue from blue to brown. In place of another coloured block, he makes effective use of the white page to pick out the snow-covered rooftops and foreground.

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