Saturday, July 13, 2019

the art of the engineer

Henri Riviere took hundreds of photographs and made hundreds of sketches of the Eiffel Tower for twelve years after it was built in 1888. He then wanted to make prints of the different views of the architectural structure and started with a few woodcuts. With thirty-six prints each in five colors, the process proved too labor-intensive, and Riviere turned instead to lithography. Based on Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai, Les Trente-Six Vues de la Tour Eiffel is also a beautiful collection of landscape prints with great style. These views from that time period from various locations and distances from the city in all seasons instill even more grandeur to the undertaking the building of the observation tower was.