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Two Men with Burdens

ca. 1990 Edward Eberle Born: Tarentum, Pennsylvania 1944 wheel-thrown and painted porcelain with terra sigillata and sgraffito 8 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (20.7 x 16.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp 1996.79 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


Luce Center Quote

“I draw the figure and am very interested in who that figure is, his identity, what she is wearing. It’s whatever the figure wants to be, and usually it’s beyond my control.” Artist quoted in The Studio Potter, December 2000

Luce Center Label

The painted images that decorate Edward Eberle’s porcelain pots are products of his unconscious. He does no preliminary sketches, but allows each line to lead to the next, guiding the evolution of the image. The round midsection of Two Men with Burdens displays a painterly scene of two men and cheetahs. Geometric shapes and alternating bands of white and black frame the scene, in a decorative style that resembles ancient Greek pottery.

Keywords

Animal

Figure group - male

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

About Edward Eberle

Born: Tarentum, Pennsylvania 1944