Violin: "Scroll and Tune'', Handmade Reduction Linocut (2016)
Linocut by Pragya Agarwal


  • Linocut, Paper
  • From a limited edition of 10
  • Size: 8.07 × 9.45 in (unframed) / 3.94 × 4.72 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the front

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Pragya Agarwal

United Kingdom

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“…the violin — that most human of all instruments…”
― Louisa May Alcott, Jo's Boys

Violin is the most perfect of musical instruments.The violin indeed is the one that most closely imitates the human sound, and hence has the capacity to evoke a range of emotions in the listener. The elegant Violin scroll imitates the flows and curves of a nautilus shell. I wanted a fluidity to this print, with a painterly and impressionistic result, rather than a photographic representation. My daughter is a violinist and I have heard her practice for hours, since she was very young. She has just left for University, and I miss the beautiful music that was so integral to our lives. This has inspired me to create this artwork, as one of a series of prints based on the violin.

"Music is what feelings sound like."

This is a handmade reduction linocut . The pale grey, silver background has a textured finish with soundwaves from the violin. The violin itself is in layered golden colours, reminiscent of the beautiful varnish on the instrument. This is one of only 10 handmade prints of a limited edition series, each made individually on an Columbian Press from 1856.

A reduction print is a relief print formed by cutting away layers of lino, as each colour layer is consecutively built up, hence it being a reductive method. This means that nothing (or not much) of the design is left once the prints are all completed. Hence, the number of prints are limited, and each is hand printed. Variations can occur between them, making each one truly original. Also, the layering gives each print an unique texture which distinguishes the handmade prints from reproductions.

This work is printed with environmentally friendly oil (soy) based, light-fast inks on Cream coloured Somerset Satin paper and has a beautiful smooth finish. It is numbered, titled and signed by the artist at the bottom.

This artwork will be packaged in a secure hard-backed envelope. For international orders, any custom duties and taxes will be paid by the buyer.

Materials used:

Lino Printing Inks, Printing Paper

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