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Friday, 10 January 2020

Auguste Lepère's woodcut, "Nude Statue, Seen from Behind", 1898, after Rodin's "Eve"


Auguste Lepère (aka Louis Auguste Lepère) (1849–1918)

"Nude Statue, Seen from Behind" (The MET title) (aka “After the Statue by A. Rodin” [tissue guard title]), 1898, two-colour woodcut after Auguste Rodin’s (1840–1917) sculpture, “Eve”, published in “The Studio”, vol. 14, no. 66, 1898, signed on the plate and stamped with the red seal of The Studio with the protective tissue guard printed with the explanatory text: “WOODCUT IN TWO BLOCKS/ BY A. LEPÈRE. AFTER THE STATUE BY A. RODIN”.

Chiaroscuro woodcut in two blocks, printed in black and olive-green ink on cream wove paper with the Studio stamp in red and full margins as published in 1898.
Size: (sheet) 28.4 x 20.1 cm; (image borderline) 18 x 9.2 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (partially obscured at lower right corner) “ALepère / d'apres / A RODIN”.
Stamped with the publisher’s seal below the image borderline: “THE STV- / CDIO”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a description of this print:

See also the description offered by WorthPoint:

Condition: near faultless impression with full margins in near pristine condition—there is a very faint dot in the lower right corner of the margin.

I am selling this woodcut masterpiece showing Rodin’s famous sculpture, “Eve”, portrayed as if the figure is seemingly suffering in grief under the strong raking light from above—at least that is how I read this superb woodcut—for a total cost of AU$314 (currently US$216.22/EUR194.86/GBP165.38 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this incredibly insightful and skilful woodcut—note for example how Lepère creates a transition in the treatment of light and shade on Eve from the long contour marks giving form to her legs and casting them in shadow to the dots of broken white lines connoting extreme light and texture on her shoulders—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold










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