THEODOROPOULOS Angelos (1883-1965) “Olive Trees”, 1935-1938

Olive Trees (1935-1938)

Angelos Theodoropoulos was interested early on in the Attic landscape. During the years 1930-35, he drew olive trees and pine forests, engraving his images into transverse-cut wood in pursuit of the best way to render the bright light amid the tree trunks and dense foliage. From 1935 to the end of the decade, however, he chose longitudinally-cut wood for a series of woodcuts in which the olive tree predominated. For these woodcuts, he carved the forms of the trees and the background with rough lines but left the lit surfaces completely unshaded. The latter convey the light in their absolute whiteness.