Margaret Jordan Patterson - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • Before the white-line woodcut, it was the Japanese ukiyo-e print, in its subject matter, style, and technique, that captured the attention of the Provincetown Printers. Modernist artists, particularly those in France, extolled these woodcuts for their abstract compositional characteristics, including their decorative flatness, stylized line, pure colors, and often skewed perspective. Having been taught by Arthur Wesley Dow at Pratt Institute in the late 1980’s, Patterson was certainly influenced by her mentor and friend’s knowledge of the ukiyo-e print, Dow being an avid collector of these prints and having practiced the traditional methodology of Japanese woodblock printing firsthand. The stylistic impact of the ukiyo-e print is certainly reflected in the floral composition of Spring Flowers: the flat, blue background, the abstracted nature of the bouquet’s flowers, and even the movement of the outermost leaves and stems are reminiscent of scenes from ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai’s series of flowers.


    Katsushika Hokusai, Poppies, from an untitled series of flowers, c. 1832. Image: Art Institute of Chicago, Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1925.3372

Property from a Distinguished Maryland Estate


Spring Flowers

circa 1925
Woodcut in colors, on wove paper, with margins.
I. 7 x 10 in. (17.8 x 25.4 cm)
S. 9 x 11 1/8 in. (22.9 x 28.3 cm)

Signed, titled and numbered 7/100 in pencil, framed.

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$1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for $2,413

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023