Millicent Krouse, Reclining Woman

Millicent Krouse: Reclining Woman (1960) Woodcut
Reclining Woman
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Museum purchase, 2012
19" x 34"

The simple, elegant composition of Reclining Woman demonstrates the wonderful textural qualities and sense of immediacy possible with a woodcut print. A rough, ragged line delineates the contour of her figure. The graceful bareness of her back is contrasted with a pattern of dense lines in her hair, decorative fabric and the overall surface quality on which she lies. The primarily black and cream composition is accented by a line of magenta, which emphasizes the horizontality of the pose.

Woodcuts are relief prints in which the image is drawn on a surface of a wooden block. The areas intended to be blank are then cut away, leaving the raised image that is to be printed.

Krouse was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. After graduating, she attended a woodblock printing course offered by Morris Blackburn, where she "fell in love with printmaking” and quit painting altogether. She created woodblock prints exclusively for the next 25 years. She often worked on a large scale and depicted flowers, leaves, animals, and birds. A desire to use more color led her back to painting, primarily in watercolor.

Krouse's works are in many public collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Free Library of Philadelphia, Montclair Museum of Art, the Reading Public Museum and Gallery, and Woodmere Art Museum.




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  • Hi I have bought a woodcut signed, "Owl" 13/20 Millicent Krouse 1966. It is a quite large depiction of an Owl. There are two colors of paint/medium used, the owl itself is black perched upon a brownish limb of a tree. The artist appeared to sign and number as well as naming as noted above Owl" in what appears to be lead pencil.. Would you happen to have any further information on the work? The paper in which the art is applied reminds one of a shade of grocers paper sack. I'd love to se d a photo if you're interested in seeing the item. It's quite an intense work as the owl is so serious seeming. Thanks in advance for any info you might have to share! Best regards, Cheryl Hunke

    Cheryl Hunke