Spires of Manhattan

c. 1930

Spires of Manhattan. c. 1930. Etching. 9 3/8 x 12 3/4. A fine impression printed with plate tone and atmospheric wiping to suggest clouds on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed in pencil. Housed in an 18 5/8 x 22 1/4-inch silver wood frame. Signed in pencil.

A companion etching is available on the Allinson Gallery, Inc. website

Otto Kuhler was born in Remscheid, Germany in 1894. He was the sole heir of the family’s steel business, the Kuhler Forges. His attention, early, on, was focused on the steam locomotives and engines which were used to move the steel around the forge. He studied engineering and drew for his own enjoyment.

During World War II Kuhler was sent to maintain the commandeered engines in Belgium. The family fortune and the Kuhler Forges were in ruins after the war so he moved to Dusseldorf and became a commercial artist. In 1919 he met Jospeh Pennell who inspired him to take up etching. In 1923 Kuhler and his Belgian wife emigrated to America, settling in Pittsburgh. He quickly put together enough money to purchase an etching press and he started producing prints of locomotives and steel mills. Kuhler became known for his etchings of locomotives. The two New York images here reflect the influence of his tacher, Joseph Pennell.