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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Charles Duvent’s drypoint, “Venise au Rialto”, c1904

Charles Duvent (aka Charles Jules Duvent; Charles-Jules-Valère Duvent; Charles-Jules-Walère Duvent) (1867–1940)

"Venise au Rialto", c1904, after a fragment of a painting by Charles Duvent shown in the Salon of 1904, printed by Alfred Porcabeuf (aka Alfred Louis Porcabeuf) (fl.1895–1946?) and published in “La Gazette des Beaux Arts” (insert between pp. 166–167 [see https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k2031643/f183.item]) in August, 1904, in Paris.

See the very brief discussion of Duvent’s painting that this print translates on p. 39 where the treatment of the painting is described as having breadth and beauty: “M. Charles Duvent avec plus de largeur consacre au Pont du Rialto un tableau d'une belle ordonnance” (https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k2031643/f42.item).

Drypoint with plate tone on cream laid paper with full margins as published, backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 26.9 x 18.4 cm; (plate) 21.3 x 14.7 cm; (image borderline) 19.5 x 14.7 cm.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”; (centre) “Ch. Duvent pinx. et sc./ VENISE AU RIALTO (FRAGMENT)/ (Société des Artistes français _ Salon of 1904.); (right) “Imp. A. Porcabeuf, Paris”.

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression with full margins as published and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond a dot in the lower left margin the sheet is in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this superbly executed drypoint that to my eyes unambiguously expresses what the portrayed figures are thinking—note for instance how the woman on the left seems to be looking inquisitively at the viewer and the aura of resolute confidence exhibited by the slightly smiling lady in the foreground with her clenched fist—for AU$227 (currently US$165.94/EUR139.77/GBP125.06 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 marvellous drypoint capturing the bustling spirit of the Belle Époque age, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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