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Adolphe Appian

1818 – 1898

Marais de la Burbanche by Adolphe Appian

Marais de la Burbanche   1868

  Original etching.
Signed and dated in the plate.
Ref: Curtis & Prouté 26 iii/iv
S 206 x 299 mm; P 138 x 237 mm; I 105 x 195 mm
Original Adolphe Appian etching.

Very fine impression in the third state of the plate, with the address of A. Cadart, as issued in 1880.

One of the most notable French landscape etchers of the nineteenth century, Adolphe Appian was amongst the most inspired pupils of the famous painter-etcher, Jean-Baptiste Corot. A true successor of the Barbizon ideal, Adolphe Appian assimilated to the full his master’s sense of the quality of light and he translated this to his own naturalistic style with greatest success in his etchings.

After studying in his native city of Lyon, Adolphe Appian had come to Paris in the 1830’s to study under Corot; yet it was not until about 1860 that Appian began his activities as a printmaker. Etched in 1868, Marais de la Burbanche displays Adolphe Appian’s particular fascination with the strange and distinct atmosphere produced by impending rain, when the reflections in still water appear with lucid clarity.

On cream laid paper with margins. Faintest suggestion of mild time tone, otherwise very fine original condition.