Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Eugène Bléry’s etching, “Les Petits Chênes au Bord du Lac”, 1843
Eugène Bléry (aka Alexandre Stanislas Eugène Bléry) (1805–1887)
“Les Petits Chênes au Bord du Lac” (The little oaks by the lake), 1843, pencil signed proof-state impression of the fourth plate in the series of eight views, “Souvenirs Pittoresques” (Picturesque memories) (Beraldi 36–43; see https://archive.org/details/lesgraveursdu19e02berauoft/page/106/mode/2up).
Etching with drypoint and dot roulette on tan chine collé (China) on wove paper, signed in pencil on the left below the image borderline.
Size: (sheet) 20.5 x 23.8 cm; (plate) 12.3 x 16.5 cm: (chine collé) 9.7 x 13.2 cm; (image borderline) 9.1 x 12.4 cm.
Pencil signed, proof-state impression before the addition of lettered publication details.
Beraldi 39 (Henri Beraldi 1885-92 “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle; Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes”, vol. 2, Paris, L. Conquet, p. 106, cat. no. 39); IFF 43 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Landscape with in the right foreground a clump of oaks; two figures close to a lake in the left background”
See also the description of this print at the RISD Museum:
Condition: superb pencil signed proof-state impression in excellent/near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, stains or foxing).
I am selling this rarely seen etching—especially a proof-state, pencil signed impression—executed at the very beginning of the etching revival showcasing Bléry’s skill in translating the many textures of a landscape into etched lines rather than the more common technique of engraving leading up to the mid-1800s, for AU$260 (currently US$178.81EUR158.96/GBP142.38 at the time of posting this print) 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 small and luminous etching showing close observation of the landscape and careful orchestration of tonal contrasts, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.