Artist DetailsName: Anna Heyward Taylor
Birth: 1879 Death: 1956
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 1935
Period: 20th Century
Type: Work on Paper
Medium: woodblock print on paper
Dimensions: 11 x 9 1/2 inches
Credit: Gift of Anna Heyward Taylor
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Taylor graduated from the South Carolina College for Women in 1897. In 1903 and 1904 she studied painting under William Merritt Chase in Europe.Taylor traveled extensively throughout the early part of her life, living briefly in New York, British Guiana, Japan, and Mexico before moving permanently to Charleston in 1929. Along with Alfred Hutty, Alice Smith, and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Taylor was a driving force behind the cultural and artistic reawakening in Charleston.
Taylor became familiar with the making of traditional Japanese woodblock prints while spending time in Asia; however, she studied with B. J. O. Nordfelt in Provincetown, Massachusetts, during the summers of 1915 and 1916 and learned the white-line printmaking techniques. Rather than the tedious Japanese method of carving several woodblocks to create a single color print, Nordfelt’s method allowed artists to create multi-color prints from a single block of wood. A white-line print is made by carving deep grooves to separate areas of different color. The grooves are not inked and appear as white lines in the print, hence the name of the technique.