Two Men with Burdens

  • Edward Eberle, Two Men with Burdens, ca. 1990, wheel-thrown and painted porcelain with terra sigillata and sgraffito, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp, 1996.79

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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.

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“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

Two Men with Burdens
ca. 1990
8 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (20.7 x 16.5 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp

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wheel-thrown and painted porcelain with terra sigillata and sgraffito
  • Figure group – male
  • Animal
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