About this artwork

Bassano Bridge is one of ten multicolour woodcut prints made by Mackie using an experimental printing technique developed over many years. He began by tracing the outlines of one of his watercolour paintings onto celluloid which was then used to create a stencil for cutting the wood block to create separate colour blocks. The block shapes appear almost like brush marks, giving the prints the Impressionistic fluidity of painted watercolours. The artwork required fourteen blocks, printed by hand in different colours and tones. Often blocks were used more than once or areas overprinted, resulting in up to forty colour applications for one print. This painstaking application resulted in rich variations between impressions, as clear from the two examples in our collection, this one and the Bassano Bridge purchased in 1987. The image shows the Bridge of the Alpini in Bassano del Grappa near Venice. The watercolour of this composition is in Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Bassano Bridge
  • date created:
    about 1915
  • materials:
    Woodcut on paper
  • measurements:
    image: 50.5 x 52.60 cm (framed: 76.00 x 77.00 x 3.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    The Henry and Sula Walton collection: bequeathed 2012
  • accession number:
    P 3145.25
  • gallery:
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Charles Hodge Mackie

Charles Hodge Mackie