Friday, 1 May 2020
Léon Germain Pelouse’s drypoint, "La Neige à Cernay", c.1878
Léon Germain Pelouse (1838–1891)
"La Neige à Cernay" (Snow in Cernay), c.1878, after paintings of the same subject by the artist (viz. “January: Cernay, near Rambouillet”, c.1887 [MET, New York]; “A Corner of Cernay in January”, c.1879 [Musée d'Orsay, Paris]), published in 1880 in “L'Illustration nouvelle par une société de peintres-graveurs à l'eau-forte” (Vol. 12, Part 2, ill. 45) by Alfred Cadart (aka A. Veuve Cadart; Vve A. Cadart) (1828–1875) (by descent of the firm to Cadart’s widow) in Paris (see BnF cat. ref.: https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb426742044).
Drypoint on cream chine collé (China) on heavy wove paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 34.5 x 46.9 cm; (plate) 20 x 28 cm; (chine collé) 19.6 x 27.4 cm; (image borderline) 18.9 x 27 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left corner) “[entwined initials] LG. Pelouse”.
Numbered and lettered on plate outside the image borderline: (upper right corner) “548.”;
(lower left corner) “Pelouse, pinx, et sc.”; (lower centre) “LA NEIGE À CERNAY.”; (lower right corner) “Vve A. Cadart, Edit, Imp. 56 Bard Haussmann, Paris.”
Condition: Richly inked and well-printed impression with generously wide margins in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds—but there is slight waviness to the paper—abrasions, foxing or significant stains). There are previous collectors’ pencil notations verso.
I am selling this masterfully handled drypoint of a snow-covered landscape—a translation into line of the same composition featured in at least two of the artist’s oil paintings—for the total cost of AU$202 (currently US$131.81/EUR120.26/GBP104.61 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 stunning drypoint—note how the artist has suggested the build-up of snow on the tree limbs shown on the right and how the cross-hatched velvety-black lines rendering the foreground shadows visually advance towards the eye while the more sparsely laid lines rendering the distant trees recede—please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.