Katherine Rangoon Doyle, Ph.D, is an independent scholar living and working in New Jersey. [May 2014]

John B. Flannagan: Sculptor as Printmaker

John Bernard Flannagan, Nude (ca. 1923‐24), linocut, image 13.5 x 19.3 cm, sheet (irregular) 16.1 x 22.1 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art: Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund from the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection, 1974.

John B. Flannagan (1895–1942) is best known as a sculptor at the forefront of the American direct-carving movement that developed in the wake of the 1913 Armory Show. Eschewing models and maquettes, direct carvers attacked their materials with immediacy and emotion. In the 1920s and ’30s Flannagan also made relief prints that reveal his approach to the template as a carved medium. Read More