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Wednesday 28 September 2022

Ary Cornelius Renan’s etching, “La Douleur d'Orphée”, c1900

Ary Cornelius Renan (1858–1900)

“La Douleur d'Orphée” (The Pain of Orpheus), c1900, published unsigned in the art periodical, “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” in 1903.

Etching printed in Umber ink on laid paper backed with a support sheet providing wide margins.

Size: (support sheet) 44.9 x 33.5 cm; (sheet) 27.1 x 17.3 cm; (plate) 23 x 15.9; (image borderline) 15.9 x 12.9 cm.

Graves International Art offers a brief description of this print:

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains

I am selling this very finely hatched etching—so fine that at first glance I thought it must be an aquatint—showing Orpheus cradling his lyre against a tree while he is in great distress at the death of his wife, Eurydice: “When Orpheus kissed the lifeless hand / Her soul had gone to another land, / His lungs gulped air as if to cry, / But he could not cry. / His eyes were dry.” (Invicto Deus [2015] “Orpheus”), for AU$212 (currently US$135.41/EUR141.58/GBP126.79 at the time of 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 very beautiful and unusual etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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