back to artists

Eugène Delâtre

  1864 – 1938
Click on a picture for more details
[Avant l’Orage] sold

[Avant l’Orage]   c.1898

Original etching and aquatint, printed in colours.

Excellent signed proof impression with strong, unfaded colours. A particularly fine example of this large colour aquatint.



Son of the famous publisher and etcher Auguste Delâtre, Eugène Delâtre was to become one of the most skilled colour printmakers of his generation. His first colour-printed etchings and engravings date from 1890-91. Although influenced to some degree by the prevailing taste for Japonism, Eugene Delatre preferred the method of inking à la poupée, using only one printing of a single plate, to the Japanese method of multiple block printing.

As an early member of the Société de la Gravure Originale en Couleurs and later as a major publisher of original prints (after inheriting his father’s business in 1907), Eugène Delâtre exerted a considerable influence upon the development of original printmaking in France, even introducing Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassat to the art of burin engraving. [more]