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Monday 26 February 2024

Armand Gautier’s etching, “Work: Man Sawing Wood”, 1860

Armand Gautier (aka Armand Désiré Gautier) (1825–1894)—a close friend of  Gustave Courbet (1819–1877) and a student of Léon Cogniet (1794–1880)

“Work: Man Sawing Wood” (aka “Le Travail: Homme Sciant du Bois”), 1860, printed in 1864, possibly published by Alfred Cadart (1828-1875) in “Cahier d'eaux-fortes” (based on this print being listed by Beraldi [1887] with this heading [vol. 6, p. 239).

Note that Armand Gautier made a related etching, “Le Travail”, showing a woman at work in a laundry, published by Cadart in “Catalogue complet d'eaux-fortes originales et inédites composées et gravées par les artistes eux-mêmes...” (1873–1876)  (see

Etching with pale plate tone on wove paper.

Size: (sheet) 20 x 17.9 cm; (plate) 12 x 10.1 cm.

Inscribed in plate at lower left: “A Gautier 1860”.

Beraldi 2 (Henri Beraldi 1887, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: DORÉ - GAVARD”, vol. 6, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 249, cat. no. 2 [Cahier d'eaux-fortes (Cadart)])

Musée des beaux-arts du Canada offers a description of this print:

Condition: a well-printed impression with minor marks in the margin, otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this interesting etching showing a timber worker using what must be a back-breaking, but no doubt effective way, to saw logs single handed, for the total price of AU$234 (currently US$153.27/EUR141.22/GBP120.85 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 seldom seen etching on the art-market with the (to my eyes) nobility of Jean François Millet’s etchings of farm-workers (compare, for instance, with Millet’s etching, “Peasant with a Wheelbarrow”, 1855 (, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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