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: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/cornelius-ary-renan-la-douleur-dorphee.
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  “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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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