Blanche Lazzell was a central figure among a group of American artists who left Europe at the outbreak of World War I and settled in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Called the “Provincetown Printmakers,” they became known for color woodcuts like The Violet Jug, printed from a single block. This technique saved time, labor, and materials as compared to traditional color woodblock printing. According to traditional practices, individual colors were printed from separate blocks and printers strove for an identical image from impression to impression. The Provincetown Printmakers often approached each print as a unique object and frequently made significant color changes from print to print. Lazzell’s inspiration for her many floral still lifes came from the flowers she grew around her cottage on the Provincetown wharf.
Artist Blanche Lazzell, American, 1878-1956
  • The Violet Jug
Date 1919
Medium woodcut printed in color ink on laid japan paper
Dimensions Block: 12 × 11 5/8 inches (30.5 × 29.5 cm)
Sheet: 18 1/8 × 15 5/8 inches (46 × 39.7 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 20.77
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed, in pencil, lower left: Blanche Lazzell-
Inscriptions Inscribed, in pencil, verso: The Violet Jug | Blanche Lazzell, Provincetown, Mass.
the artist, Blanche Lazzell [1878-1956];
1920-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Clarkson, John. Blanche Lazzell. Morgantown, W. Va, 1979, p. 29, no. 19 (as Lazzell).

Sojka, Nancy. "What is the Graphic Arts Collection at the DIA?" Bulletin of the DIA 80, 1/2 (2006): fig. 2, p. 7 (ill.).