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Friday, 3 April 2020

Tancrède Abraham’s etching, “Matinée d'Octobre”, 1880


Tancrède Abraham (1836–1895)

Matinée d'Octobre (Vallée de Blaison)” (October Morning [Blaison Valley]), c.1880, published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”, vol. 22, July 1880, p. 62 (see https://archive.org/details/gazettedesbeauxa22pariuoft/page/n71/mode/2up), printed by François Liénard (fl.c.1860s–80s) in Paris.

This print is after Tancrède Abraham’s painting of the same title exhibited at the Salon of 1880 (cat. no. 6; see https://archive.org/details/catalogueillustr1880soci/page/n11/mode/2up/search/).

Etching with pale plate tone on cream laid paper with a narrow margin around the platemark backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 18.2 x 25.8 cm; (plate) 17.1 x 25.2 cm; (image borderline) 15 x 23.1 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Tancrède Abraham, pinx. et sc:/ Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “MATINÉE D'OCTOBRE/ (Vallée de Blaison.)”; (right) “Salon de 1880./ F Liénard, Imp, Paris.”

Condition: well-printed, near faultless impression trimmed close to the platemark (as published). The sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains or foxing), laid onto a support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this strong etching executed with great subtlety and confidence—note, for example, how the artist creates spatial zones using mimetic multidirectional strokes in the foreground, aligned angled strokes to render foliage in the middle-distance and clumps of near horizontal strokes in represent the sky—for the total cost of AU$240 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 serene rural scene of an Autumn morning in the Blaison Valley (France) exemplifying the Romantic spirit of the late 1800s with the leaning to unmanicured landscapes, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.













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