Monday 24 June 2019
Jules Joseph Lefebvre's etching, “Madeleine”, c1876
Jules Joseph Lefebvre (aka Jules Joseph Lefevre; Jules Lefebvre) (1836–1911)
“Madeleine”, c1876, after the painting by the artist, “Mary Magdalene In the Cave”, 1876, exhibited in the Salon of 1876 and now in the collection of the Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg). This etching was published in “'La Gazette des Beaux-Arts” and printed by Alfred Salmon (aka Alfred Fortuné Salmon) (fl.1863–94) in Paris.
Etching on laid paper with small margins and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 18 x 24.6 cm; (plate) 15.1 x 22.3 cm; (image borderline) 12.4 x 20.1 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “JULES LEFEVRE PINX & SCULP. / Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “MADELEINE”; (right) “SALON DE 1876 / Imp. A. Salmon, Paris.”
Beraldi 1885-92 6 (Henri Beraldi 1885, “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle”, 12 vols plus supplement, Paris); IFF undescribed (Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds, Français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“St Mary Magdalene, lying naked in landscape”
For those unfamiliar with the portrayed subject, legend proposes that after Christ’s crucifixion, Saint Marie Madeleine (Mary Magdalene) travelled by a rudder-less boat to the coast of Provence and “spent the last 30 years of her life in prayer and meditation in a mountain cave in the sacred forest of La Saint Baume. As the story goes, her only sustenance was the Holy Eucharist, which she received on a daily basis from angels.” (http://www.marymagdalenewisdom.com/the-cave-of-magdalene)
Condition: near faultless impression backed with a support sheet of fine archival/millennium quality washi paper. There are flattened creases in the lower margin otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of use).
I am selling this sensitive and very sensual depiction of Mary Magdalene resting outside her cave—the Sainte-Baume grotto—for AU$220 (currently US$152.95/EUR134.23/GBP120.04 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 beautifully rendered nude showing finely tuned contrasts between the pale tones and softness of the saint’s skin set against the darker tones and coarse textures of her surroundings, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold