Gertrude Hermes

The Yolk

About this artwork

Hermes was a key member of the early twentieth-century wood engraving revival and one of the founders of the English Wood Engraving Society in 1925. Wood engraving was at the time considered a feminine craft, with little physical strength required, and was not highly regarded by art critics. This print evolved from a maquette (a scale model) for a sculpture which was named 'Triangular Form'. It is interesting that the print is black monochrome because from the 1940s on Hermes mainly worked in colour: her job as a draughtsperson in aircraft production and shipbuilding in the 1940s having made her 'heartily sick of black and white'.

  • title:
    The Yolk
  • accession number:
    GMA 3594
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  • materials:
    Wood engraving on paper
  • date created:
    1954 (printed 1975)
  • measurements:
    35.70 x 30.50 cm (paper 53.50 x 43.70 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the artist's son and daughter 1991
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Gertrude Hermes

Gertrude Hermes

Gertrude Hermes