Paul Edme Le Rat (aka Paul Edmunde Le Rat; Paul Edme Lerat) (1842/49–1892)
“Après Le Combat”, 1875, after Ludovico Marchetti's (1853–1909) painting dated 1874, printed by Alfred Salmon (fl.1863–1894) and published in the “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” (June, 1875, pp. 576–77) in Paris.
Etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet providing wide margins.
Size: (support sheet) 33.5 x 36.2 cm; (sheet) 17.9 x 21.8 cm; (image borderline) 14.9 x 19.8 cm.
Inscribed in plate within the image borderline with Ludovico Marchetti’s signature, as shown on his painting, at lower right: “L Marchetti/ 1874”.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “LUDOVICO MARCHETTI PINX./ Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “APRÈS LE COMBAT”; (right) PAUL LE RAT SCULP./ Imp. A. Salmon, Paris.”
IFF 22 (“Inventaire du Fonds Français”, Bibliothèque Nationale de France); Beraldi 1 (not described) (Henri Beraldi 1889, “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle”, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, vol. 9, p. 148, cat. no. 1).
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression (near faultless), trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.
I am selling this superb etching after Ludovico Marchetti’s painting of soldiers in a tavern relaxing after a battle—note that the sparkling tonal contrasts reflect (at least to my eyes) the influence of Marchetti’s teacher, the great Mariano Fortuny—for the total cost of AU$191 (currently US$132.19/EUR123.76/GBP109.63 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 skilfully executed etching of the late 1800s showcasing how far artists had evolved the genre of tavern scenes from the time of David Teniers II in the 1600s, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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