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Jerusalem, Kidron Valley
Philip Pearlstein was the first artist invited to work at Graphicstudio. Between 1969 and 1986 he executed seven lithographs of female nudes, characteristic of the figurative style for which he is best known. However, Pearlstein has always maintained an interest in the landscape. His later works for Graphicstudio, 1987-1989, are landscapes and include the masterwork Jerusalem, Kidron Valley.
Pearlstein travelled for the first time to Jerusalem to make the 10 foot long watercolor for this monumental print. At Graphicstudio, a new process was being developed specifically for this project, photographic woodblock or "heliorelief," which utilizes sandblasting rather than hand carving for the making of woodblocks. The artist transferred his watercolor to mylar sheets which were then used to make the blocks. Pearlstein further refined the imagery by handworking the blocks with a roulette. The print is made in two sections from ten sets of blocks of different woods -- birch, walnut, cherry and gumwood. The transparent colors and white paper retain the feel of the watercolor as source for the print.
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