Adolphe Crauk (1865–1945)
“La Danse de L’Opéra”, late 1800s, hand-signed by the artist with a dedication written in pencil, after Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s (1827–1875) sculpture, “La Danse”, 1868, with the original sculpture now in the Musée d'Orsay and a copy of it executed in 1963 by the sculptor Jean Juge (1898–1968) on the facade of the Palais Garnier (see https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Danse_(Carpeaux)).
Note that my attribution of the date (late 1800s) is based on the description by Fine Printed Inc.com of a similar engraving by Adolphe Crauk, “La Vierge A La Pomme”, after Hans Memling (see https://fineprintedinc.com/adolphe-crauk-hans-memling-the-virgin-madonna-with-an-apple-1800s-1119-p.asp) and the certainty that “La Danse de L’Opéra” must have been executed after Carpeaux had completed his sculpture in 1868.
Engraving on wove paper, hand-signed in pencil by the artist with a pencil inscribed dedication to René Padovani(?), trimmed with a small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 42.5 x 26 cm; (plate) 39.9 x 25 cm; (image borderline) 34.6 x 20.8 cm.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “J.B.CARPEAUX SCULPTEUR”; (centre) “LA DANSE DE L’OPÉRA”; (right) “A.CRAUX GRAVEUR”.
Hand-signed in pencil by the artist with a pencil inscribed dedication at lower right.
Condition: a well-printed impression with small margins laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. There are marks in the margin at lower left, otherwise the sheet is in a good condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.
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