Ruine du temple (aka: La destruction du Temple) by Roger Vieillard

Ruine du temple (aka: La destruction du Temple) by Roger Vieillard

Ruine du temple (aka: La destruction du Temple)

Roger Vieillard

Title

Ruine du temple (aka: La destruction du Temple)

 
Artist
Year
1975  
Technique
engraving 
Image Size
14 11/16 x 10 5/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower left 
Edition Size
54 of 200  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned 
Reference
Guerin & Rault 590 
Paper
ivory wove Rives 
State
viii/viii 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22375 
Price
$1,200.00 
Description

Roger Vieillard's engravings were represented in the important 1944 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York titled "Hayter and Studio 17" which included 60 prints by 32 artists from 12 nations.

Vieillard revisited some of his early architectural engravings in the mid 1970s, essentially recreating them with subtle differences.

The composition for "Ruine du Temple" is based on "Chute du temple", a 1937 Atelier 17 engraving depicting the blinded Samson destroying the temple of the Philistines. In 1975 Vieillard engraved this version of that image, the major difference being the addition of an abstracted running female figure (Delilah??) in the bottom right of the composition, replacing a figurative female nude, seated and turned away from Samson. There is also a revised, simplified image of the god Dagon above the altar.

Vieillard next engraved another version, a reprise linéaire, of this composition titled 'Moment architectural' using only the exterior linear elements.