Sentinel Fjellet, Spitsbergen


Color woodcut reduction printed on thin japon paper.
Edition of 23, aside from an edition of 40 sold as a set titled Arctische Landschappen (English translation: Arctic Landscapes).
From a set of 10 compositions. 
Signed, titled, annotated and numbered in (colored) pencil.

NOTE: The first image you see on this page is a detail of a larger work. To see the overall composition, please scroll to the other image(s).

As a reduction woodcut artist, Siemen Dijkstra’s work is nothing short of perfection. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest living artists of this medium, with his fish-eye panoramas of intricate and untouched landscapes. In a departure from his usual Dutch landscape subject matter, Dijkstra traveled to create his series “Arctische Landschappen” (English translation: Arctic Landscapes). Sentinel Fjellet, Spitsbergen includes topographical features that are not found in the lush, flat marshlands of northern mainland Europe, such as mountains, ice caps, and barren rock wastelands. This detail image shows the ocean meeting the harsh coast of Spitsbergen, the inhabited island of one of Norway’s northern-most archipelagos. The artist documents the landscape, illustrating to viewers that the Arctic is not just covered in snow but offers a wide range of terrain, even if it is seemingly inhospitable.

5 1/8 x 16 1/2 inches