Eaux-fortes par Bracquemond

Félix Bracquemond French
Printer Pierron et Delâtre French

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The etchers who produced albums with Cadart during the 1850s and 1860s favored simple designs for their title pages. For his first series, Bracquemond produced this print in which the required text is adorned only by the image of two ducks. The animals were, in fact, a trademark for Bracquemond—a favorite subject, they recurred throughout his work in the mid-nineteenth century (23.65.94; 22.69.25). The border of needlelike points that surrounds both them and the text may have been intended to evoke the instrument used to incise an image upon a wax-covered plate in etching. Printed on a deluxe, blue sheet, this impression was originally part of the collection of Alfred Beurdeley (1847–1919), a preeminent Parisian collector of original etchings.

Eaux-fortes par Bracquemond, Félix Bracquemond (French, Paris 1833–1914 Sèvres), Etching on blue paper; second state of three

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