wood·​cut | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌkət How to pronounce woodcut (audio) \

Definition of woodcut

1 : a relief printing surface consisting of a wooden block with a usually pictorial design cut with the grain
2 : a print from a woodcut

Examples of woodcut in a Sentence

a collection of fine woodcuts
Recent Examples on the Web Two signatures—one pressed onto the painting with a woodcut stamp, the other scrawled by hand with a purple pencil—suggested the print might be a Dalí original. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thrift Store Find Identified as Original Salvador Dalí Print," 11 Mar. 2020 Although Eve Stockton’s pictures are unusually large for woodcut prints, their scale suits her subjects, which include sea, sky and sun. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: An artist conjures images from oceans to a micro view of nature," 20 Feb. 2020 Among her subjects are Mozart’s starling, who sang one of his early works back to him; Dürer’s rhinoceros, immortalized in a woodcut; and Darwin’s lovesick tortoise. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, "21 new and classic books to keep you in touch with the natural world," 6 Apr. 2020 The museum’s prints and drawings gallery will dive into color woodcuts created by a beloved American artist in the early and middle decades of the 20th century, including scenes of New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, and California. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art unveils 13 shows for 2020 on Picasso, photography, Khmer sculptures and more," 21 Jan. 2020 Similarly, both writers’ characters are almost caricatures, woodcuts rather than watercolors. Edmund White, Harper's magazine, "Existential Noir," 6 Jan. 2020 The woodcuts tend to emotional as well as visual darkness, depicting the darker side of Parisian life during a period of political unrest and rank cultural hypocrisy. Washington Post, "The Félix Vallotton exhibition at the Met is not to be missed," 26 Dec. 2019 The 40 artworks in the show are lithographs, etchings, drypoints, aquatints and woodcuts. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "A rare chance to see the world and work of Rodin at Fairfield University," 29 Oct. 2019 Vallotton made woodcuts and prints in part to survive as a young artist. Washington Post, "The Félix Vallotton exhibition at the Met is not to be missed," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of woodcut

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woodcut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodcut. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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: a picture made from a woodcut

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