Facade by Armin Landeck

Facade by Armin Landeck

Facade

Armin Landeck

Title

Facade

 
Artist

Armin Landeck

  1905 - 1984 (biography)
Year
1979  
Technique
copper engraving 
Image Size
14 1/2 x 17 3/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
100 anticipated (70 printed) 
Annotations
dated and editioned in pencil 
Reference
Not in Kraeft 
Paper
heavy white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
15477 
Price
$800.00 
Description

Landeck, already a master of architectural study, seeks to portray the intimate life of a structure in “Facade.” An apartment building’s front door and street-facing windows are caught in a slight skew, as if Landeck was standing at a bit of an angle when he drew them. But while he is known for intricate, sharply drawn lines that accentuate the bones of buildings in almost mathematical accuracy, here he focuses on the passing of time portrayed in the composition: once an elegant representation of tidy municipality, the building has begun to retire into dereliction, but not without grace.

Landeck takes pains to capture the smoldering texture of a weathered plaster wall; the grain of the boards that neatly replace glass panes; the irregularity of the bricks above.The entire scene is then illuminated the gentlest of lights, bestowing dignity on the past. In such a small, almost forgetful bit of architecture we are given the opportunity to appreciate what once was, and the ways in which time reclaims all things.

 
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