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The New Cable (second state) (The Giant Cable)

The ideas of modernism were introduced to Great Britain by the Vorticists—a short-lived association of artists and writers that published the journal Blast. Among the predominant followers of this new style were the printmakers associated with the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. This dramatic color linocut by Sybil Andrews—known for her active pictures of industry, the forces of nature, and people at work or play—combines the angularity of Cubism with the dynamic lines of Futurism. Andrews drew on her experiences building airplanes and working in a shipyard to capture the energy of modern life through the rhythmical depiction of movement. While the subject matter reveals an inherent optimism in the power of technology, the simple linoleum block printing technique—favored by the British modernists—emphasizes a purity of form.

Sybil Andrews
Canadian, 1898–1992
The New Cable (second state) (The Giant Cable)
1931
Color linocut on paper
Image: 12 7/16 x 16 13/16 in. (31.6 x 42.7 cm); sheet: 13 15/16 x 18 5/8 in. (35.4 x 47.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 85.66.7

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