Jules Edmond Cuisinier (1857–1917)
“A Fallen Fledgling” (descriptive title only), late 1800s, proof-state impression before lettering, possibly executed around the time of Cuisinier’s macabre etching with aquatint, “Le Concert Fantastique”, 1877 (see https://www.artsy.net/artwork/jules-edmond-cuisinier-le-concert-fantastique).
Around the time that Cuisinier was creating his somewhat troubling images of death and disenfranchisement—arguably following in the footsteps of Bosch and Goya—he was living near the La Santé prison in Paris that was infamously popular for its public executions. No doubt Cuisiner’s mindset was also coloured by having witnessed the displaced lives of the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants, the Karnak, by French settlement when he visited New Caledonia (see https://moellerart.net/en/artists-and-publications/drawings-watercolours-and-oilstudies/93/).
Etching with drypoint, aquatint and plate tone on cream laid paper (with partial watermark).
Size: (sheet) 18.6 x 37 cm; (plate) 13.2 x 31.9 cm; (image borderline) 11.8 x 30.2 cm.
Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (upper right): “E Cuisinier sc”.
Condition: a richly inked and well-printed proof-state impression with adequate/good margins in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.
I am selling this superb study of a fledgling that must have fallen from its nest, for the total cost of AU$349 (currently US$233.63/EUR221.93/GBP191.82 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 amazingly insightful etching of a bird—note the confident and sparing use of line—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.