Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Gustave Greux’s etching, “Rêverie”, c1875, after Albert Maignan
Gustave Marie Greux (1838–1919)
“Rêverie”, c1875, after the painting of the same composition shown in the 1875 Salon by Albert Maignan (aka Albert Pierre René Maignan) (1845–1945), published in “L’Art, revue hebdomadaire illustrée” (1875), printed by François Liénard (fl.c.1860s–1880s) in Paris.
Etching on ivory laid paper with wide margins.
Size: (sheet) 42.8 x 29.6 cm; (plate) 28.6 x 20.6 cm; (image borderline) 26.1 x 18.4 cm.
Lettered on plate above the image borderline: (centre) “Salon de 1875.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) 'A.Maignan, pinx./ L'Art.”; (centre) “RÊVERIE.”; (right) “G, Greux,sc./ Fçois Liénard,Imp.Paris.”
IFF 6 or 9 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930)
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Daydreaming, after Maignan: a young woman sitting under a tree, neglecting the embroidery work laid on her knees; a dog lying at her feet; published in 'L'Art'”
Condition: richly inked and well-printed—virtually faultless—impression still retaining traces of the guidelines for the text line above the image (i.e. there is very little wear to the printing plate) with wide margins around the platemark (as published?) in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, creases, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).
I am selling this curiously wonderful image employing the form of a pollarded tree as an analogue/visual equivalent for the state of daydreaming that the young woman has slipped into while embroidering a long cloth, for AU$156 (currently US$110.03/EUR96.02/GBP86.20 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 scene of romantic peace that is simultaneously—to my eyes—a psychological mindscape where portrayed forms connote more than superficial appearances, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.