(Steel Mill: large blooming mill, rolling a steel bloom) by Otto August Kuhler

(Steel Mill: large blooming mill, rolling a steel bloom) by Otto August Kuhler

(Steel Mill: large blooming mill, rolling a steel bloom)

Otto August Kuhler

Title

(Steel Mill: large blooming mill, rolling a steel bloom)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1924  
Technique
etching in dark brown ink 
Image Size
8 3/4 x 7 7/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated, presumed small 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
antique white Arches laid 
State
 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
14681 
Price
$1,200.00 
Description

Otto Kuhler was heir to the German steel business, Kuhler Forges, which closed after WWI. Kuhler, partly due to the advice of friend Joseph Pennell, took up etching and emigrated to the States in 1923. Like many artists from the roaring 20s his etchings from the time extolled industry and manufacturing in the U.S. Kuhler went on to design locomotives for the rail industry.

Around 1924 Kuhler created a group of etchings of the steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, concentrating on the various functions of the mills, the machinery and capturing the eerie light. They appear not to have been editioned.

The blooming mill, which converts ingots, is pulling the bloom into the mill and shaping it. This process happens over and over until the bloom is shaped to the desired size.