The Higher-ups Backstage by Gerald Geerlings

The Higher-ups Backstage by Gerald Geerlings

The Higher-ups Backstage

Gerald Geerlings

Title

The Higher-ups Backstage

 
Artist
Year
1932  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
9 7/16 x 6 1/2" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
edition 30 
Annotations
titled, ll annotated (Grand Opera 1932) 
Reference
Czestochowski 30 
Paper
Milbourne handmade laid 
State
iv/iv 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
12818 
Price
$750.00 
Description

Milwaukee, Wisconsin born Gerald Kenneth Geerlings was trained as an architect prior to pursuing printmaking, which was not an uncommon start for many printmakers at the time. He worked with the medium, beginning with lithography, in two periods: first between 1926 and 1933, and again after 1975.

This drypoint was done a year after he began intaglio, which he learned at the Royal College of Art in London. It depicts the backstage of a large theater where the curtains, drapes and backdrops are raised and lowered using ropes and weights. Geerlings indicates that this is backstage at the Grand Opera House in Chicago, at 8 p.m.

The composition has abstract elements, as the ropes and riggings soar up to infinity. At the base of the rigging, men carefully manipulate the weights so that production changes on the other side of the curatin, witnessed by the audience, occur seamlessly.