- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
2008; reworked and retitled 2009
- Subsequent Title(s)
- Description of Featured Image
- A segment of a raised roadway, viewed in profile, traverses the entire image. The road is supported on three piers, with an oblique buttress at the right. In the foreground is a rocky bank, with a creek visible at the lower right. In the space between the two left piers grows a leafless sapling and in the distant background is a row of bushy trees. The sky is overcast.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching, burnishing and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Hahnemühle paper with watermark: cockerel within a circle.
Image size: 190 x 268 mm
Matrix size: 193 x 270 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.182 (2008), RAE.183 (2009)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All state impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio. First edition printed by Rosalind Atkins at the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne). Second edition printed by Andrew Gunnell at Chrysalis Publishing Studio, East Melbourne.
- Summary Edition Information
- Ten states. Two editions. First edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2008 (Road). Second edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2009 (Winter).
- For an illustration of the painting Winter, 2008, see Niagara Galleries, Rick Amor: Paintings + Drawings 2009 (exh. cat.), Niagara Galleries, Richmond, Victoria, 2009, n.p., cat. no. 3; cat. no. 2 is the painting Summer.
- For Nicolas Poussin’s painting Winter, or The flood, 1660–64, see Pierre Rosenberg & Keith Christiansen, Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions (exh. cat.), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2008, p. 99, fig. 42.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: nine state impressions, numbered 1-1 through 1-7, 2-7, 1-8, all dated 2008 (Road); ed. 1/10, dated 2008 (Road); one state impression, numbered 1-1, dated 2009 (Winter); ed. 6/10, dated 2009 (Winter).
This etching is loosely based on a painting by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665), Winter, or The flood, 1660–64 (Louvre, Paris) (Rosenberg & Christiansen 2008), and the print, in turn, became the model for Amor’s oil painting Winter, 2008 (Niagara Galleries 2009). Amor’s reference to Poussin is subtle, and more obvious in the painting than in the print: there are allusions to pictorial structure, atmospheric effects, and mood, rather than to specific details, and, unlike Poussin’s orchestrated wilderness, Amor’s setting is urban. The roadway in E.155 is not based on a particular construction, however, but is invented, and reinterpreted in the spirit of the compositional cadences found in Poussin’s painting.
Amor’s longstanding interest in the paintings of Poussin was rekindled with the publication of Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2008), an exhibition catalogue by Pierre Rosenberg, Keith Christiansen and others. In 2008 Amor made one other reinterpretation of a painting by Poussin. Summer, 2008 (Niagara Galleries 2009), is based on Poussin’s painting of the same title, which, like his Winter, is one of the works in the late series The Four Seasons.
E.155 was editioned for the first time in November 2008, after the completion of the eighth state, and was the last intaglio print that Amor made in that year. When he resumed work on it, in 2009, he reworked the plate so as to give the image a distinctly wintry appearance, and altered the title of the etching from Road to Winter. The plate underwent two state changes in 2009 before the second edition was printed.
- Landscape - urban, Nicolas Poussin, Overpass
Record last updated 17/02/2021