"Etude" Original Etching by Albert Besnard, 1905
An original etching by French artist Albert Besnard (1849-1934) titled "Etude", 1905. Sheet size: 10.75" x 7. Image size: 5.5" x 4".
This etching was published by Gazette des Beaux-Arts. The Gazette des Beaux-Arts was a French art review, found in 1859 by Édouard Houssaye, with Charles Blanc as its first chief editor. Assia Visson Rubinstein was chief editor under the direction of George Wildenstein from 1928 until 1960. Her papers, which include all editions of the Gazette from this period, are intact at the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne in Dorigny. The Gazette was a world reference work on art history for nearly 100 years - one other editor in chief, from 1955 to 1987, was Jean Adhémar. It was bought in 1928 by the Wildenstein family, whose last representative was Daniel Wildenstein, its director from 1963 until his death in 2001. The review closed in 2002.
Like many of his contemporaries, Besnard, (2 June 1849 – 4 December 1934), received an academic art education at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he studied with Cabanel. As a successful painter, he was appointed to several prestigious positions within the art establishment, and he received many commissions, both decorative and symbolist in nature. In 1883, he began making etchings and his endeavors in this medium formed an important part of his production. Trips to India, Morocco, Algeria, Italy and Spain provided him with unusual subjects and broadened his artistic world. He also came under the spell of Japanese prints, and was influenced by simplicity and grace. Besnard’s technique constantly underwent experimentation and development. The influence of Legros can be seen in the bold linear style of his early prints. Later, finer cross-hatchings and aquatint ground were employed in order to achieve more subtle effects. But an interest in luminosity and tonality marks all of his work. Besnard’s strongest prints frequently depict women. Not only did he find them psychologically interesting, but the female form complemented his technique. His first major series of prints, La Femme, was a sympathetic exploration of the female experience. Besnard could see beyond the clichés of contemporary society, and record the unique pains and crises that face only women. Childbirth, motherhood, lost beauty, passion, and death – all are represented in La Femme and mark Besnard as an artist who eschewed the superficial in favor of the analytical. His work in general contains many examples of strong, expressive imagery, which anticipates the work of later artists like Munch and Kollwitz.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 10¾ in | WIDTH: 7 in
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