Self Portrait (Washington Square), 1952
woodcut, ed. 25, 17 3/4 x 9 3/4"
The 1952 portrait was a celebration of a retrospective exhibit that I had at the Cleveland Museum, and as part of the exhibit I did a woodcut in a large edition for the Print Club of Cleveland. I thought that I should celebrate such an event with this self portrait, surrounded by the woodcut: ‘the Dog and the Crocodile’ which was the one that they selected to distribute to their members. (It was part of a portfolio of 15 woodcuts I had done on ‘Some Well Known Fables.’.) In the background there is a view of Washington Square, where we lived. AF
about the artist
Frasconi illustrated more than 100 books, and his work is in the collections of most major museums in the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian. His woodcuts appeared on album and magazine covers, holiday cards, calendars and posters, and in exhibitions around the world. Several of his children's books won awards. In 1963 he designed a stamp to honor the centennial of the National Academy of Sciences.