Crusader by John Ihle

Crusader by John Ihle

Crusader

John Ihle

Title

Crusader

 
Artist

John Ihle

  1925 - 2002 (biography)
Year
1960  
Technique
color etching from two zinc plates with color added a la poupee and relief roll-up. 
Image Size
16 7/8 x 15 5/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
color trial proof, outside edition of 40 
Annotations
 
Reference
North Dakota 5 (illustrated in color); Achenbach 1972.57.23 
Paper
heavy ivory Arches 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20723 
Price
SOLD
Description

John Ihle studied printmaking with Francis Chapin at Wesleyan University on the G.I. bill. During the summer of 1949, he attended the University of Iowa specifically to study printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky. However, Ernest Freed, Professor at Bradley University and a Lasansky student, viewed Ihle's graduate show and offered him graduate assistance at Bradley. Ihle became Freed's graduate assistant and earned his M.A. in 1951.

"Crusader" was the first print Ihle did in his "Dualism Series", beginning in 1960. The series and this print were partly inspired by his reading Harold Lamb's 'History of the Crusades' and in part from the abstract expressionist movement, particularly the works of Franz Kline and Willem DeKooning.

Ihle took several of his small, pictograph-like images and exploded them to the metal plate using asphaltum and shellac in a painterly way and a second plate to add the color. Because of the experimental nature of this work impressions will vary in color from print to print, like a monoprint.