Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Daubigny’s etching, "Le Berger et la Bergerer”


Charles-François Daubigny (1817–78)
"Le Berger et la Bergerer” [The Shepherd and Shepherdess], 1874
Published in "L'Art", vol. LXIII, 1904, p. 560, to illustrate an article by Henriet about Daubigny.
Etching on laid paper
Size: (sheet) 43.2 x 29.6 cm; (plate) 28.9 x 21.9 cm; (image) 25.4 x 19.5 cm
State v (of viii)
Inscribed with signature under the image borderline (lower-left); the title (lower-centre); and the printer’s name (lower-right)
Melot 122v (of viii), Delteil 122v (of viii)
Condition: Superb impression in pristine condition with full margins (and remnants of tissue-guard) as published.

I am selling this rare, original and arguably Daubigny's most famous etching for a total cost of AU$230 (currently US$173.35/EUR155.27/GBP132.23 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this etching in top condition please send me an email and I will email you a PayPal invoice.


This is one of the last prints made by Daubigny. In the previous six years Daubigny had dedicated himself, almost exclusively, to painting as (according to Melot in "Graphic Art of the Pre-Impressionists") he was "much in demand as a painter" (p. 282). Beyond the visual poetry that Daubiigny captures in this print of light filtering through trees and the romance of embracing lovers, what is especially beautiful is the lively line work that he employs. Interestingly, Melot proposes that this and the other five of Daubigny's final plates "were increasingly close to the style of the Impressionists in their use of delicate and vibrating small strokes" (p. 282). Indeed, etchings like this earn Daubigny the title of a "Pre-Impressionist."





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