"REAPER." Original pastel for "Apocalypse Clocks."
(Northampton), 1999. A figure seated within a large clockwork mechanism is drawn by two buffalo reaping wheat. The colors are ochre, orange, vermillion, blues, greens, and purple. Pastel measures 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 and is tipped to a larger mat. Signed "Kuch 1999." Fine. Item #11634
Kuch creates his book images first as pastels or watercolors. They are larger than the engravings. In this pastel all the elements of the final etching are the same; but the colors, and hence the mood, are different. The dark, threatening sky, orange reaping machine, and golden wheat of the pastel become a rain-swept straw-colored sky, black grasses, and a violet reaper in the etching.
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