Tunis Ponsen linocuts at
        Saper Galleries
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Demolition
                      on Hyde Park
Demolitiion
                      in Hyde Park
Demolition in Hyde Park (South side Chicago)
Original linoleum block print
Image size: 5 x 4"
From the estate of Tunis Ponsen
This is the only surviving linocut of this image.  It is unknown how many were originally printed but the most confirmed in existence of any linocut was only six copies.
$2,000 framed

In an
                      old apple orchard linocut
In an
                      old apple orchard
In An Old Apple Orchard
Original linoleum block print
Image size: 5 x 4"
From the estate of Tunis Ponsen
This is the only surviving linocut of this image.  It is unknown how many were originally printed but the most confirmed in existence of any linocut was only six copies.
$1,000 framed


On a hike Ponsen
                      linocut
On a hike Ponsen
                      linocut
On a Hike
Original linoleum block print
Image size: 4 x 5"
From the estate of Tunis Ponsen
$1,800 framed


On the
                      Banks of a River Ponsen linocut
On the
                      Banks of a River Ponsen linocut
On the Banks of a River
Original linoleum block print
Image size: 5 x 5"
From the estate of Tunis Ponsen
$1,400 framed

Trees, Buildings, and Clouds Ponsen linocut
Trees, Buildings, and Clouds Ponsen linocut
Trees, Buildings, and Clouds
Original linoleum block print
Image size: 4 x 5"
From the estate of Tunis Ponsen
$1,800 framed

Ponsen
                      linoleum blocks

Ponsen linocut
                      tools

Ponsen gouges details
To the left is a photo showing four of the linoleum blocks on which Tunis Ponsen gouged out a reverse of the images that would later be inked and printed to create four different linoleum block prints (or linocuts).

When we've displayed Ponsen's linocuts here at Saper Galleries, we displayed the original linoleum blocks next to the prints that were created by inking the respective blocks.

Many of the linocuts were printed in the 1940s.  His linocut images also appeared in calendars.  Ponsen had been recognized as one of the better-known block printers to have his images printed in the annual block print calendars of the Chicago Society of Artists.  We have displayed some of the calendars at our Ponsen exhibitions.

In the second photo are the tools that Ponsen used to create his linocuts.

Linocuts are created using a block of wood on which a layer of linoleum has been fused.  Ponsen gouged out certain areas of the linoleum block surface using tools of various shapes and sizes as shown in the photos to the left.

The cut-out areas allow the untouched surfaces to remain standing in relief form.

A roller is used to ink the block surface.  Paper is then carefully positioned onto the inked block and pressure is applied causing the ink to be transferred from the block to the paper.

Ponsen's linocuts are very rare.  For some images there is only one surviving copy.

In the Ponsen estate are 26 carved linoleum blocks for which no prints have been located.  A few of the blocks were used to print Christmas cards in the mid-1940s.

As you may have questions about the Ponsen linocuts, please let us know.  We welcome your inquiries.

For more information about Tunis Ponsen, we invite you to view our main Tunis Ponsen page.



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