"West Virginia Hills" by Blanche Lazzell, Amer., (1878-1956)

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"West Virginia Hills" by Blanche Lazzell, Amer., (1878-1956)

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Charcoal Drawing, ca. 1919, Block #20, 10-1/4 x 8-3/8, the original preliminary study drawing for Lazzell's early white line color woodcut, on grayish cream wove paper, the entire sheet measuring 12 x 9, with tack holes to the corners, titled by the artist in pencil at lower left, slight lightening within mat opening, tack holes to corners, unsigned. This vital drawing evokes an expressionist vigor in execution; sketched  directly from nature among the rolling hills of her native Maidsville, West Virginia. Lazzell used short staccato strokes with stumping for atmosphere to convey an energy charged landscape with  elliptical trees and layered, arching hills, their rhythms echoed by the fences in the foreground and bare trees at center, reaching towards the sky. From the artist's estate, purchased from Martin Diamond Fine Arts circa 1994.  P.O.R.