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Henri Somm

  1844 – 1907
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Original drypoint.

Beautiful signed proof impression of the freshly completed image,
with rich burr to the drypoint lines.



Born François Clément (Henri) Sommier, the artist adopted an abbreviated surname and often signed himself “Henry”, “Hy Somm”, or simply “Hy S”, as on this particularly fine proof impression. An impassioned collector of Japanese art, Henri Somm was a close friend of the famous critic and art collector, Phillipe Burty. Influenced by the style of J.J. Tissot, Henri Somm’s work follows two distinct sources of inspiration: the Japonism prevalent in Paris towards the end of the nineteenth century and the elegant Parisian ladies of the Belle Époque. In this beautiful small work Henri Somm has demonstrated the absolute mastery of drypoint technique which places him amongst the great original printmakers of the Parisian Belle Époque. [more]