As I made my way to work in temperatures hovering near zero degrees Fahrenheit, it was hard to think of anything except staying warm. Millions of Americans were bundled up like me, experiencing this week’s shock of unusual Arctic cold. Once I thawed out and could start to think of other things, I recalled this 1920 woodcut entitled, appropriately enough, Frost by Bertha Lum. Its stark beauty and pale colors are enough to make you shiver all over again!
- Bertha Lum was an American artist whose work was influenced and inspired by Japanese art. See more examples of her work.
- Explore Japanese woodcuts and drawings dating from the 17th to the early 20th century in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Enjoy the online version of a Library of Congress exhibit, The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams and Substance. The “exhibition showcases the Library’s spectacular holdings of Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th centuries. These works are complemented by related works from the Library’s collections created by Japanese and Western artists into the 20th century.”