East River Construction by Armin Landeck

East River Construction by Armin Landeck

East River Construction

Armin Landeck

Title

East River Construction

 
Artist

Armin Landeck

  1905 - 1984 (biography)
Year
1941 / printed later 
Technique
engraving 
Image Size
8 1/8 x 12 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
100 
Annotations
dated after the signature 
Reference
Kraeft 85, illustrated p. 63; LC 8, illustrated p. 253 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
TILA115 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

New York's East River connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end. Today this salt water tidal strait has been cleaned up and sports bike trails. In the 1940s there were numerous industries along the banks that belched smoke and polluted the water.

Many artists were fascinated by what "modernity" brought to the landscape, and were able to see the beauty, despite the beast. For this engraving, Landeck was inspired by the angles and the scale of this rather awkward looking construction, possibly a coal hopper. His use of the engraving burin allows Landeck to create a direct, precisionist, crisp composition, using just lines.