- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- In Barri Gòtic 1991
- Description of Featured Image
- A view of a tall and narrow, partly demolished building of five storeys, which adjoins another building on the right. In the shadows at the lower left stands a figure, who leans against the nearby wall, supporting himself with his outstretched arm. In the central foreground is a passer-by, who walks to the right, carrying a portfolio.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and foul biting on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: BFK Rives paper with watermark: ‘BFK RIVES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol. According to Amor’s records he also used an unidentified Spanish wove paper.
Image size: 225 x 134 mm
Matrix size: 226 x 134 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge.
- Summary Edition Information
- One state. Edition of six numbered impressions, 1991.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: one state impression, numbered 1; ed. 3/6.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 2/6 (2007.634).
This etching, like cat. nos E.050 and E.051, was made by Amor following his Visual Arts/Craft Board (Australia Council) residency in Barcelona in 1991. E.052 is based on a sketchbook drawing, which also became the model for a finished drawing in pastel (1991), two oils (both painted in 1992) and a lithograph (1992).
Barri Gòtic is the medieval, or ‘Gothic’, quarter in Barcelona. However, the view depicted in E.052 is not of one of the picturesque old streets of the district; instead, Amor shows an ugly, partly demolished building that had intrigued him as he walked through the area. His choice of subject matter is characteristic of an artist who is so often attracted by the unsightly corners of cities – places avoided or rejected by most. The man holding a portfolio under his arm at the lower centre is not a stock figure but an actual passer-by, observed by Amor as he drew the scene.
E.052 was etched on the verso of the copper plate earlier used for the etching River, 1989, reworked 1991 (cat. no. E.011).
For Amor’s other intaglio prints depicting Barcelona subjects, see cat. nos E.050, E.051 and E.060.
- Barcelona, Building
Record last updated 10/07/2017