Bertha Lum

Born in Iowa in 1869, Lum trained at the Art Institute of Chicago. She travelled to Japan on her honeymoon when she was 34, and obtained a few tools and materials for woodblock printmaking, along with some rudimentary advice on the process. Upon her return to America she started producing her own prints, and made a second short trip five years later for further studies. Lum then returned in 1911, bringing her family with her, and started hiring carvers and printers to produce her designs.

'Theatre Street'

Colour woodcut 1907, (self cut and printed)

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'Fox Woman'

Colour woodcut, 1916

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