- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Three figures by a building
1995; reworked 2002 and 2007
- Description of Featured Image
- Three men stand on a footpath, to the left of an Art Deco apartment block. In the building’s narrow front garden, behind a low fence, are a tall, leaning cypress and a shorter tree, with a circular crown. The sky is dark but the figures of the men are cast in light. An oblique shadow falls across the building.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching, burnishing and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Velin Arches paper.
Image size: 204 x 158 mm
Matrix size: 205 x 160 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.102 (1995), RAE.146 (2002), RAE.164 (2007)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- States I through V, first edition, and states VI through IX, printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio. State X, and second edition, printed by Martin King at the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne).
- Summary Edition Information
- Ten states. Two editions. First edition: nominal edition of ten, but only seven impressions printed and numbered, 1995. Second edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2007.
- Niagara Galleries at IWOP 1997: Niagara Galleries at the International Works on Paper Fair, Mitchell Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 17–20 July 1997, no. 2.
- University of Melbourne 2014: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Parkville (Melbourne), The Piranesi Effect, 20 February – 25 May 2014, no. 44 (ed. 2007).
- Australian Print Workshop 2014: Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne), APW George Collie Memorial Award Exhibition: Rick Amor + Noel Counihan, 30 August – 4 October 2014, no. 14 (ed. 2007).
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: eleven state impressions, numbered 1/I through 1/IV, 2/I, 2/II, 3/I, 3/II, 4/I through 4/III, all dated 1995; bon à tirer impression, dated 1995; ed. 6/10, dated 1995; four state impressions, numbered 1-1 through 1-4, dated 2002; AP I/I, dated 2007; ed. 2/10, dated 2007.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 5/10, with plate tone, dated 1995 (2007.73); ed. 5/10, with plate tone, dated 2007 (2008.915).
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne: ed. 10/10, with plate tone, dated 2007 (2012.422).
The building depicted here is a block of Art Deco flats in Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, a suburb adjacent to Melbourne’s commercial centre. Amor included this building in three of his prints, the first being the etching The flats, 1991 (cat. no. E.040), which shows the structure from the front. This work was followed, in 1993, by a colour woodcut in which the rear of the building is depicted; the present etching, which is closer to the woodcut than to the 1991 etching, came next. Figures seen from behind appear in all three prints, providing their subjects with a mysterious narrative element.
Amor took the initial (1995) version of E.098 through five states, establishing a dark tonality in the second state but then using burnishing to restore to the architecture, and other compositional elements, a strong sense of modelling and spatial depth. Numerous impressions were printed for the five states worked in 1995, with the artist continually experimenting with wiping and plate tone. In 2002, with the introduction of drypoint, the image was moved even more decisively in a nocturnal direction. The darkness affected principally the mass of the building and the vegetation, and served also to isolate the group of three men, who remained in light. In the final version of the print, made in 2007, the entire scene was cast in darkness through the use of uniformly printed plate tone, evoking a mood of complicity and suggesting the occurrence of some unspecified but sinister event.
The block of flats depicted in E.098 appears also in Amor’s painting The witness, 2002.
- Building, Cityscapes & streetscapes, Inner suburb, Melbourne
Record last updated 06/11/2017