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Wednesday 26 January 2022

Eugène Carrière’s lithograph, “Homage to Tolstoy (Consolation)”, 1901

Eugène Carrière (1849–1906)

“Homage to Tolstoy (Consolation)” (aka “Hommage a Tolstoï” [Delteil title]; “Consolation”), 1901, proof on Japon paper, hand-signed in pencil by the artist. The Curator of the British Museum advises that this lithograph was published “in reproduction by 'La Plume' in 'L'Hommage à Tolstoy' (October 1901)” (see BM inv. no. 1913,0722.3). Loys Delteil in his catalogue raisonné of  Carrière’s prints quotes the following text accompanying the reproduction of this print in “La Plume”: (transl.) “Admirations seems to be to be the most passionate form of recognition. I deeply admire Tolstoy and am happy to say so. May 5, 1901. Eugène Carrière” (n.p., cat. no. 42). Delteil also advises that the stone (i.e., the printing plate for this lithograph) exists and is in the collection of Jean-René Carrière.

Lithograph printed in black ink on fine buff Japon paper with small margins, hand-signed by the artist in pencil at lower right, “Eugène Carrière”.

Size; (sheet) 27 x 18.7 cm; (image borderline) 23.1 x 15.4 cm.

State i (of i) artist’s proof hand-signed in pencil at lower right.

Delteil 42 (Loys Delteil 1913, “Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré [XIXe et XXe siècles]”, vol. 8, Paris, Delteil, n.p, cat. no. 42).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Two women, one comforting the other. 1901 Lithograph, printed on oriental paper” (

See also the descriptions of this print at the Yale University Art Gallery and Kröller Müller:;  

Condition:  a well-printed impression with small margins. Beyond remnants of mounting verso the sheet is in near pristine condition.

I am selling this exceptionally rare pencil-signed proof impression of a hauntingly beautiful lithograph—note the dream-like effect created by Carrière’s famous use of sandpaper on the stone to literally scrape the image out of the surrounding darkness (see—for the total cost of AU$376 (currently US$266.03/EUR237.13/GBP198.05 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 this ultra rare lithograph, 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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