Henri Matisse about the technique of linocut:
I want to say a couple of words about the prints on the linoleum. Do not resort to the linoleum from the savings targets to replace the tree. Linoleum prints gives a special character, dramatically different from woodcuts, and for him it is, and should choose this kind of engraving. I long ago came to mind, it is an instrument so simple, you can nevertheless be compared with a violin and bow: the surface, graver - four stretched strings and bow hair.
Graver, as the bow, is in direct contact with the sensitivity of the engraver: the slightest distraction during line involuntarily entail a light finger pressure on the tool bar and spoil. Similarly, only a light pressure of fingers on the bow to change the nature of the pitch.
Linocuts from the book of Henry de Montherlant. 'Pasiphae'. Minos Song (Cretans). The artist Henri Matisse. Publisher Martin Fabiani, Paris.