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Monday 17 January 2022

Adolphe Crauk’s engraving, “La Danse de L’Opéra”, late 1800s, after Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

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

Note that my attribution of the date (late 1800s) is based on the description by Fine Printed of a similar engraving by Adolphe Crauk, “La Vierge A La Pomme”, after Hans Memling (see 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.

I am selling this large and exquisitely rendered engraving by a somewhat forgotten engraver—note that (surprisingly) none of the major art museums hold a print by this artist—for the total cost of AU$242 (currently US$174.36/EUR152.74/GBP127.48 at the time of posting 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 extraordinarily subtle and technically superb engraving—a true tour de force of engraving—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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