Thursday, 19 December 2019
Alfred Alexandre Delauney's etching, “Trees Silhouetted in a Forest ”, c.1890
Alfred Alexandre Delauney (1830–1895)
“Trees Silhouetted in a Forest ” (descriptive title only), late 1800s. (Note that Delauney executed a similarly romantic vision of a forest in a vertical format—but significantly larger—“Birds and a Cascade Waterfall”, dated on the plate, “1890” (see https://www.printsandprinciples.com/2019/03/alfred-alexandre-delauneys-huge-etching.html).
Etching with drypoint on fine laid paper (with watermark), inscribed minutely with the artist’s name on plate (below the image borderline at centre).
Size: (sheet) 25.6 x 17.9 cm; (plate) 15.5 x 8.6 cm; (image borderline) 14.8 x 8.3 cm.
Inscribed in extremely small lettering on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “Delauney”.
This may be a proof-state impression as there are no plate lettered publication details.
Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with large margins (approx. 4.5 cm) in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).
I am selling this small, sparklingly luminous and rare impression—note that I have been unable to locate another copy of this print in any of the major museums or online—for AU$180 (currently US$124.22/EUR111.69/GBP95.40 at the time of posting this print) 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 little jewel of an etching that fits well with FL Leipnik’s (1924) assessment of the artist—albeit with regard to his street scenes—in “A History of French Etching from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day”, that Delauney “had a foible for dark … and accentuating … gloom” (p. 126), please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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