Victor Riu, Rhythm

Victor Riu: Rhythm (Date unknown) Coopersburg blue-black granite
Title
Rhythm
Date
Date unknown
Medium
Coopersburg blue-black granite
Credit Line
Museum purchase, 1969
Dimensions
24" x 15 ½" x 6"

Graceful swirls roll through space, rising, expanding, and recoiling. Victor Riu is known for his extraordinary ability to carve luscious forms in black granite, an extremely dense igneous rock that most sculptors consider impossible to work with. Classically trained Italian stone carvers, Riu and his brothers emigrated to the United States and founded a business carving gravestones in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. Riu also worked as a fine artist, and the majority of his sculptures are made out of Coopersburg granite that he and his family quarried. Riu's Resurgent Harmony (1957) is well known to Philadelphians, as it ornaments the exterior of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Broad Street.

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  • Riu exhibited at Lehigh in 1955 in an exhibition arranged by Francis Quirk.

    Andrew Jay