Félix Augustin Milius (aka Félix Augustin Millius) (1843–1894)
“Van der Meer dans son Atelier” (aka “Jan Vermeer in his Studio”), c1883, printed by Alfred Salmon (fl.1863–1894) and published in Paris in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (May, 1883, pp. 390–91), after Jan Vermeer’s (aka Johannes Vermeer) 1632–1675) famous painting, “The Allegory of Painting” (aka “Allegorie op de Schilderkunst”; “The Art of Painting”), c1666–1668, now in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
Etching on laid paper trimmed with small margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (support sheet) 38.5 x 30.2 cm; (sheet) 26.5 x 17.4 cm; (plate) 23 x 16.2 cm; (image borderline) 19.5 x 14.1 cm.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “VAN DER MEER, PINX./ Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “VAN DER MEER DANS SON ATELIER/ (Galerie Czernin, à Vienne.)”; (right) “F. MILIUS, SC./ Imp. A. Salmon, Paris.”
Note that there is a faint trace of scratch lettering, “F Milius sc”, below the same formally lettered text at lower right.
Condition: a richly inked and well-printed, near faultless, impression trimmed with a small margin around the platemark, and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins. The sheet is in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this beautifully executed etching of Vermeer’s famous painting—note the extra fine and inventive treatment of the map hanging on the wall and the etcher’s skill in rendering what is undoubtedly fifty shades of grey—for AU$227 (currently US$156.93/EUR146.93/GBP130.14 at the time of posting 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 outstanding etching translating the subtle colours and tones of Vermeer’s painting into a complex web of line, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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