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Ian Chilvers and John Glaves-Smith

in A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Third edition

Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191792229

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A term applied to the technique of making a print from a thick piece of linoleum and to the print so made. Linoleum was invented in the 1860s, but it was not used for printing (in the manufacture of wallpaper) until the 1890s. The technique is essentially a development of the woodcut, the earliest of printmaking methods, but linocuts are much simpler to make because the material is soft and grainless and therefore easier to work. For this reason linocuts have been much used in the art education of children, the pioneer in this field being the Austrian painter and teacher ...

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Subjects: History of Art

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