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Sunday, 16 June 2019

André-Charles Coppier's etching, “Les Baigneuses des Îles Borromées”, 1911


André-Charles Coppier (1867–1948; fl.1894–1911)

“Les Baigneuses des Îles Borromées” (aka “The Bathers of the Borromean Isles”), 1911, pencil-signed proof-state etching after Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s (1796–1875) painting of the same composition (see URL below for image) (c1865–70) in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, Massachusetts).

The Clark Art Institute offers the following insight about Corot’s painting:
“The Borromean Islands, on Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, are famous for their isolation and natural beauty. In Corot’s painting, nude bathers frolic in the water, the gray-green branches of tall trees shading their bodies from the warm, golden sunlight. The artist painted this scene more than twenty years after his last visit to Italy, presenting the traditional theme of the nude in a landscape as a nostalgic memory—more poetic fiction than realistic fact.”

The Clark Art Institute also offers a marvellous essay (available online) by Richard Rand (2012), focused on Corot’s painting:  https://media.clarkart.edu/1955.537_EuroCat.pdf


Camille Corot, "The Bathers of the Borromean Isles," c. 1865-70

ClarkArtInstitute Published on Aug 7, 2009

Etching with light plate tone on buff-coloured fine wove (China) paper, a scratch-proof impression (i.e. there is lightly scratched/inscribed lettering) before the addition of publication details, signed by the artist in pencil and backed on a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 81.1 x 57.5 cm; (plate) 77.5 x 54.3 cm; (image borderline) 71.4 x 50.5 cm.
Lettered on plate within the image borderline at lower left corner: “COROT”.
Inscribed/scratched on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “[…?] progres for M” (this reading is VERY tentative as the inscription is virtually indecipherable).
Hand-signed in pencil below the image borderline at lower right.

I have been unable to find another copy or any information about this exceptionally large etching, suggesting that this proof-state impression may never have been published and perhaps this impression may be one of very few copies extant—presuming that there are other copies.

Condition: richly inked, faultless museum-quality impression with generous margins and backed with a support sheet of fine archival/millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this huge etching of the utmost rarity in faultless condition for AU$560 (currently US$385.04/EUR343.42/GBP305.76 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this eye-catching masterpiece of etching, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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