Leon by John Taylor Arms

Leon by John Taylor Arms

Leon

John Taylor Arms

Title

Leon

 
Artist
Year
1923  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
7 1/4 x 11 3/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
150 
Annotations
dated after the signature; dedicated in lower left: "To John and Nora in memory of days in Paris" 
Reference
Fletcher 140; Spanish Church Series #1 
Paper
unidentified ivory laid with crown watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21555 
Price
$400.00 
Description

The first image in Arms' Spanish Churches Series of fifteen plates. León, a city on the Bernesga River in northwest Spain, is the capital of the Province of León. It is home to many churches and cathedrals, but here Arms depicted the ancient buildings of the city, contrasted with the Gothic 13th century Catedral de León, with its towers and flying buttresses. León is also famous for the Casa Botines designed by the Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi.

Arms spoke of his love for architecture: "A building possesses truly as does a human being, a skeleton, a covering of flesh, and clothing with which both are in turn covered, so also, and most poignantly, does it possess a spirit," ... "In the work of the great interpreters of architecture . . .Meryon, Piranesi, Canaletto, and Bone, it is this expression of the spirit of the subject . . . which makes them such enduring works of art."