Tree in Countryside / Illustration for Olives of Endless Age
Dimensions: composition: 1 9/16 × 2 in. (4 × 5.1 cm)
support: 8 11/16 × 5 15/16 in. (22.1 × 15.1 cm)
Illustration Citation: Olives of Endless Age: Being a Study of this Distracted World and its Need of Unity, by H. N. Brailsford (London: Harper & Bros., 1928)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Waldron, 1973
About: Printmaker Claire Leighton came to the United States from England in 1939. A specialist in wood engraving, she illustrated over 65 books. Her friendship with H. N. Brailsford, editor of the socialist New Leader and advocate for the working classes, led to her illustration of his 1928 book Olives of Endless Ages, a plea for European unity organized under the League of Nations. The style of this landscape is typical of Leighton's work, with its intense tones of black tones and simplified natural forms.
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