Ronda, the Impregnable by Charles B. Keeler

Ronda, the Impregnable by Charles B. Keeler

Ronda, the Impregnable

Charles B. Keeler

Title

Ronda, the Impregnable

 
Artist
Year
1909  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
10 7/8 x 16 1/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
No. 9/50 
Annotations
titled in pencil in lower left; also inscribed in pencil along lower sheet edge: (Price $16.00) 
Reference
Chicago Society of Etchers, Sixth Annual Exhibition of American Etchings, cat. no. 131, 1916 
Paper
ivory wove Umbria Italia watermarked 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20754 
Price
$350.00 
Description

Charles B. Keller studied printmaking with Bertha Jaques and B.].O. Nordfeldt. He won an honorable mention for his aquatints at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

In 1909 he traveled through Europe - England, France, Germany and especially Spain where he spent time in Ronda, traveling and recording the mountains and towns of the region. In this etching Keeler uses the contrast of bright light and deep shadows to give emphasis to the remotness of the fortified city. The artist has pencil inscribed this impression with a Whistler-like "butterfly" after the title.

The ancient Andelusian city of Ronda is located in the Malaga province in Southern Spain, and is divided by the El Tajo Gorge, through which the Guadalevin River runs. The Puente Nuevo bridge, which spans the divide, began construction in 1759 and took 34 years to build. Ronda is noted for the development of modern bullfighting.