"Extase Poetique" Original Etching by Alphonse Legros, 1876
An original etching with drypoint by British artist Alphonse Legros (1837-1911) titled "Extase Poetique", 1876. Printed by Cadart on laid paper. Sheet size: 10.75" x 7.5". Image size: 7" x 5.5".
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.
Alphonse Legros, (1837–1911), British etcher, painter, sculptor and teacher of French birth. In 1855 he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. During this period Legros had a taste for early Netherlandish art and for French Romanticism, which was later superseded by his admiration for Claude, Poussin and Michelangelo. However, his devotion to Holbein proved constant. Legros began etching in 1855; he preferred this medium and produced over 600 plates. Many of his early works are deliberately rough in execution. Legros emerged as a leader of the younger generation of realists, notwithstanding his conspicuous dependence on Courbet. However, this critical success brought no financial security, and in 1863 Legros visited London where he found admirers and patrons. Legros resolved to remain in London. In 1876 Edward John Poynter recommended Legros to succeed him as Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School. Legros occupied this position until 1893 and introduced etching and modelling to the syllabus. He was a founder-member of the Society of Painter-Etchers in 1881 and of the Society of Medallists in 1885; the revival of the cast art medal was due almost entirely to his example. With its classically inspired economy of form and design, Legros's interpretation of his realist subject-matter exerted a decisive influence in England on the representation of peasant life in the 1880s. He had a taste for the macabre. In the etchings Death of the Vagabond and Death and the Wood-cutter, these themes coalesce in a stark blend of realism and fantasy which is simultaneously elevated and humane.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 10¾ in | WIDTH: 7½ in
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