Definition of woodcut in English:



  • 1A print of a type made from a design cut in a block of wood, formerly widely used for illustrations in books.

    Compare with wood engraving
    • ‘There were paintings on paper mounted on canvas, photos of paintings, paintings on photographs, woodcuts and photos of drawings.’
    • ‘Konrad Volkert continued to create woodcuts, etchings and linocuts.’
    • ‘His graphic works consist of woodcuts, lithographs and etchings.’
    • ‘He created woodcuts, etchings and a total of 24 lithographs.’
    • ‘He was skilled in the art of a number of different printing techniques such as woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints.’
    • ‘Wood engraving allows to make finer lines than woodcuts and more impressions from the same block.’
    • ‘He prepared woodcuts to illustrate his book Noa Noa, a romanticized récit of his stay in Tahiti, again deploying crude, primitivizing techniques.’
    • ‘Despite ill health and struggles with drugs, he produced many important paintings and major portrait woodcuts.’
    • ‘Fond of using wood as a medium, Frank began to gain recognition for his woodcuts and wood engravings.’
    • ‘Hao Ping's prints are made as woodcuts in thick, bright oil colors.’
    • ‘For woodcuts the design is drawn on a wooden board.’
    • ‘Preston produced oil paintings, linocut prints, and woodcuts that were often still-lifes of Australian flora and fauna.’
    • ‘When only woodcuts, etchings and engravings could be printed, the images would get worse and worse over time as the blocks or plates wore down.’
    • ‘He created lithographs, etchings, drypoints, lino cuts, woodcuts and aquatints.’
    • ‘The techniques he used are woodblocks, woodcuts and lithographs.’
    • ‘One would be hard pressed to find a group of Renaissance prints less like Mantegna's than the six chiaroscuro woodcuts of Apostles by Domenico Beccafumi.’
    • ‘Apart from paintings he produced etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts as book illustrations.’
    • ‘The book was never published, but Gauguin made a set of ten color woodcuts meant as illustrations.’
    • ‘An easy way to see why I like his so much is is read one of his books or look at some of his prints, woodcuts and paintings.’
    • ‘Printed woodcuts and engravings spread the news of the monster throughout Europe, and as they spread, the monster acquired a new, posthumous, existence.’
    picture, design, engraving, etching, lithograph, silk screen, linocut, monoprint, plate, cut, vignette
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    1. 1.1mass noun The technique of making woodcuts.
      • ‘Cranach's woodcut known as Passional Christi und Antichristi is an illustration for Philipp Melanchthon's 1521 prayer book.’
      • ‘An inventive graphic artist, he has worked in various printmaking techniques, including etching, screenprinting, and woodcut.’
      • ‘De Mesquita taught the eager Escher all he knew of woodcut printing techniques, gave him space to experiment, and encouraged him to experiment widely in order to develop his skills.’
      • ‘Hao Ping's prints are made in woodcut technique with thick, bright oil colors.’
      • ‘Children would especially be interested in Durer's humorous woodcut of an imaginary rhinoceros that displays an intricate decorative surface that covers the entire creature.’
      • ‘Linoleum block employs the same basic woodcut techniques, but uses linoleum instead of wood.’
      • ‘Jackson's woodcut of the Pieta theme hangs in my loft as a reminder of a classical motif, the Pieta of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.’
      • ‘These layers can be visible and display painted-in ink areas, or be invisible and applied to other painting tools to simulate other natural media effects, including scratchboard, enamel, and woodcut.’
      • ‘A signed Picasso woodcut now sells for about $150,000.’
      • ‘Regular visits to China added new stock, not only of paintings, but also of artist's woodblock prints, folk art, stone rubbings and technically virtuosic colour woodcut reproductions of major masterpieces.’
      • ‘Fabrics printed from wood are found in Middle Eastern work of the 5th century ad, and woodcut technique was advanced in China from the 9th century and probably earlier.’
      • ‘It was maybe this personal experience and the knowledge about the high skills that woodcut or woodblock carving required that kept Hakutei from becoming a fanatic about the question of self-carving.’
      • ‘They are signed, dated and numbered by the artist and were made in woodcut technique with multiple color blocks and personally printed by the artist on offset paper.’
      • ‘The artist works in the traditional woodcut technique.’
      • ‘There was also a beautiful little woodcut that Moore made at Grenfell Press, in New York, where he occasionally printed.’
      • ‘Finally, the print is completed from the back with a relief process of woodcut or linocut to intensify shapes and/or colors.’
      • ‘Modern artists like Kirchner explored the rough, expressive aesthetic of woodcut.’
      • ‘Arp, as both her mentor and lover, encouraged her work in woodcut and engraving and introduced her to the ideas of Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc.’
      • ‘The art of woodcut, in fact, dates back to the early Egyptian and Chinese civilisations.’
      • ‘And he used different techniques - traditional Japanese woodcut and European wood engraving.’