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The Art of Season’s Greetings 12: Artists’ Handmade Cards

(Added 26 December 2008)

As is the seasonal habit of many contemporary Canadian artists, in the early twentieth-century artists also engaged in the creative process of making their own unique handmade Christmas cards. This card was created with a woodblock print by Montreal artist and contributor to the Canadian Artists Series, Anne Savage (1897-1971), and did not form part of a professionally printed series. This whimsical scene seems to combine church with fairy tale imagery to evoke the magical feeling of the season.

Image: Anne Savage, woodblock print Christmas card, n.d., H.O. McCurry Fonds, , Library and Archives Canada. Inside inscription reads: “’Christmas to you’.”

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