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Maxime Lalanne

1827 - 1886

Vue du Bas-Meudon, Bords de la Seine by Maxime Lalanne

Vue du Bas-Meudon, Bords de la Seine   1884

  Original etching.
Signed in the plate.
Béraldi 124; Villet 153 only state.
S 240 x 273 mm; P 124 x 167 mm; I 116 x 158 mm
Very good impression on ‘India’ paper, as published in P.G. Hamerton’s Landscape (Seeley & Co., London, 1885). This is the only known state of this fine original etching by Maxime Lalanne.

One of the last of Maxime Lalanne’s etchings to be published during his lifetime, this peaceful etched view shows a stretch of the river Seine, to the South West of Paris, just outside the city centre. Vue du Bas-Meudon is a splendid example of Lalanne’s mature style, showing the artist’s naturalistic etched work at its finest. Maxime Lalanne possessed an innate understanding of the way in which light can be controlled throughout a composition by careful control of the acid biting process. The effects of light and of recession in this image are created almost entirely by judicious stopping-out during the multiple biting process, rather than by the simple use of cross-hatching. A beautiful example of the plein air style which was in vogue through the Barbizon School in France at the time and a masterly exhibition of Lalanne’s etching technique.

On fine ‘India’ paper on original warm white wove backing sheet, watermarked W. King, with full margins and deckle edge. Generally very good original condition.