Friday, 2 September 2016
Alphonse Legro’s etching, “Les bords de la Liane”
Alphonse Legros (1837–1911)
“Les bords de la Liane” (Banks of the Liane), 1877–84
Etching and drypoint in brown ink on cream laid paper, pencil signed (lower right margin)
Size: (sheet) 21.5 x 26.5 cm; (plate) 15.1 x 20.1 cm
Bliss 1923, no. 240; Legros 240
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“River landscape with figure wading in water at r [sic], fishing. 1877-84 (?)Etching and drypoint with some surface tone, printed in brown ink” (http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=1436332&partId=1&searchText=Legros+&page=1)
Condition: crisp impression, signed in pencil by the artist in excellent condition. There are pencil notation by previous collectors in the lower margin (recto) and numbers (verso). There is also a very faint stain in the margin (lower-right).
I am selling this pencil signed etching by Legros for AU$238 in total (currently US$179.14/EUR160.84/GBP136.28 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
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Legros is seldom linked with the Impressionist movement, nevertheless, to my eyes this print exemplifies the Impressionists' quest to create images that capture the effects of shimmering light on surfaces. Going further, Legros’ crosshatched treatment of the portrayed scene not only expresses the idea of sparkling light bouncing off the river bank and the screen of trees beyond, the crosshatching may even lend the suggestion of an intangible and non-visual sensation of crisp, fresh air that Legros may have experienced when drawing the scene.