Locust by Walter R. Rogalski

Locust by Walter R. Rogalski

Locust

Walter R. Rogalski

Title

Locust

 
Artist
Year
1954  
Technique
engraving 
Image Size
9 x 12" 3/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
250 plus 10 proofs 
Annotations
stamp on verso: "The Print Club of Cleveland" 
Reference
The Print Club of Cleveland publication 32 for 1954; Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition catalog 31, 1954 and Library of Congress 3. 
Paper
antique-white laid "Homer" (about 35 on "Ruysdael" wove. 
State
published 
Publisher
Print Club of Cleveland, Ohio 
Inventory ID
20332 
Price
$475.00 
Description

The newly emerged locust leaves it shell on the tree. The composition could be a science fiction image, a surreal nightmare or a crisply abstracted natural phenomenon.

"Locust" was The Print Club of Cleveland publication number 32 for 1954 and is listed in the Print Club catalogue raisonné as number 32 (illustrated on page 82). It was printed in a regular edition of 250 plus 10 proofs on "Homer" laid paper and 35 proofs on "Ruysdael" paper.

The image was exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Art show "Prints and Drawings by Walter R. Rogalski", November 2 through December 5, 1954. In the exhbition catatlog curator Louise S. Richards commented:

"In the Print Club publication "Locust," the eye is first attracted to the labyrinthine complexity of the locust's shell at the right, with its fanciful curve-ribbed wings. Then soaring upward into the light toward the left appears the liberated insect. Its sleek body, fragile wings, and thread-like antennae, drawn in taut straight lines, contrast with the graceful but essentially static structure of the abandoned shell."