Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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‘Clear Waters’ (1920) reproduced from Martin Andrews, The Life and Work of Robert Gibbings

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2003

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Central NE1147.6 G53 AJ71. Reproduced by permission of the Robert Gibbings Estate and the Heather Chalcroft Literary Agency

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Bicester, UK: Primrose Hill Press

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Martin Andrews best describes Gibbings’s use of the ‘vanishing line technique’ in this early wood engraving: ‘Gibbings’s use of [the technique] reached full maturity with his first significant engraving of a figure, Clear Waters of 1920. Here the delicate outline of the body is never defined by a line other than the boundary of one area of highlight with that of shadow; the eye naturally completes the shape by implication and all unnecessary detail is eliminated – it is a lyrical image.’ Gibbings used the technique in much of his early work around the time when he started to become a serious contender in the art world.

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