Title: Fast Freight.
Artist: Otto Kuhler (1894-1977)
Medium: Watercolor, c.1930.
Signed in ink, lower right. The image is of a 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive.
Image size 12 1/4 x 16 1/4" (31.2 x 41.4 cm).
Condition: Good condition and color, minor toning to the sheet and remains of old tape in the outer margins.
Otto Kuhler (1894-1977) was born in Remscheld Germany on July 31. He was the heir the Kuhler Forges, founded by his grandfather in 1782. During WWI the Kuhler Forges were destroyed by the Allies and Otto Kuhler immigrated to the United States in 1923. His training was an an industrial designer, however he was a skilled draftsman and etcher so his first success in the United States was as an artist, primarily as an etcher. His images of Locomotives, the steel mills outside Pittsburgh today are very collectable. In the early 1930's he designed the Milwaukee Road's "Hiawatha" which ushered in the Streamlined Steam Locomotive era. His last etching was an image of the Hiawatha.