"Composition X" is a large gestural, abstract expressionist color woodcut created in 1963 by American artist Doris Seidler (1912-2010). It is pencil signed, titled, dated, and editioned "2/10" and the image measures 29 x 21-1/4 inches. Seidler printed it in four colors on white Moriki paper, that measures 36 x 24 inches.
Doris Seidler, painter and printmaker, was born Doris Falkoff in London, England in 1912. Little is recorded of her early life but her father owned a leather goods shop on London’s West End. She married Bernard Seidler and together with their son, David, they sailed to New York in 1940. Seidler soon discovered Stanley W. Hayter's Atelier 17 where she learned the techniques of printmaking. She worked in the intaglio processes as well as woodcut, lucite engraving, and paper collage.
Doris accompanied her husband on a trip to Leningrad in the summer of 1958. She met a few of the city’s artists and later recorded her visit in “Report from Leningrad” which was published in the first issue of "Artist’s Proof." In 1963, Seidler and fourteen other artists were commissioned by "Business Week" to create color woodcuts depicting U.S. cities. Her contribution was the city of Cleveland and her woodcut is illustrated on page 15 in "Woodcuts of Fifteen American Cities from the Business Week Collection."
Seidler was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, Society of Canadian Painter-Printmakers and the Print Club of Philadelphia. She was awarded three fellowships to the McDowell Artist Colony and was a resident artist at the Tamarind Lithographic Workshop in Los Angeles. Her work was featured in numerous international solo exhibitions and, according to her curriculum vitae, garnered twenty-four awards. Collections holding her work include the British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.