Marble Quarry by Rudolf Kugler

Marble Quarry by Rudolf Kugler

Marble Quarry

Rudolf Kugler

Title

Marble Quarry

 
Artist

Rudolf Kugler

  1921 - 2013 (biography)
Year
1958  
Technique
color etching and aquatint in 5 colors 
Image Size
15 1/2 x 19 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right margin 
Edition Size
194 of 200  
Annotations
pencil editioned and dated 
Reference
National Gallery of Art website, accession #1964.8.1161 
Paper
heavy cream wove 
State
 
Publisher
International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS) 
Inventory ID
14051 
Price
$275.00 
Description

Kugler’s eye finds the pace and rhythm of industry in “Marble Quarry,” contrasting the angular, sharp-edged machinery of human development against the wild patterns of exposed geological history.

Abstracted depictions of civilization dominated Kugler’s early to mid-century work before he moved solidly into a non-representational style. Cities, villages, and sparsely populated natural landscapes were equally vibrant with life. His sculptural handling of the matrix to coax forth scenes of humankind’s footprint from the plate creates a nearly three-dimensional illusion, as seen in the sharply-outlined, rigid shapes containing the freeform textures of this etching.