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Wednesday 19 July 2023

Jean Michel Mathieux-Marie’s pair of drypoints, “Rivage I” & “Rivage II”, 1982

Jean Michel Mathieux-Marie (1947–)—famous for developing the dry-dash (le tireté-sec) technique of engraving, described in Wikipedia as “[transl.] …a dotted engraving process. On a matrix, the engraver makes a series of aligned notches, created by the successive rebounds of a metal blade” (

“Rivage I” and “Rivage II” (Shore I & 2) with accompanying sheet inscribed in pencil with publication details and signed by the artist, 1982.

Two drypoints printed separately on cream chine collé (Japon paper) on heavy wove paper, hand-signed, titled and numbered “27” in an edition of 80 impressions (27/80). Based on the fineness of line shown in these prints, I assume that they were executed on steel plates with a diamond point (as this is an approach that I understand the artist often uses).

Size: (each of the three sheets) 26 x 19 cm; (plate “I”) 6.7 x 9.7 cm; (plate “II”) 6.7 x 10.1 cm.

Condition: strong and near faultless impressions in pristine condition.

I am selling this pair of poetically beautiful drypoints, showing with the greatest of subtlety different morning (or evening) cloud effects observed above a beach, executed by one of the most inventive of the modern day masters of engraving—not only is Jean Michel Mathieux-Marie famous for developing the tireté-sec technique, but he is also known for his inventive use of dual black and white printing plates (please forgive me if explanation is inexact)—for the total cost of AU$362 for the pair plus the hand-written cover sheet (currently US$241.96/EUR218.93/GBP192.72 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 breathtakingly fine pair of small drypoints, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This pair of prints has been sold

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