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Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

1889 - 1946

Le Louvre by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

Le Louvre   c.1921

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
Ref: Guichard 88
S 397 x 255 mm; P & I 276 x 174 mm
Original C.R.W. Nevinson etching.

Very good, strong impression with crisp etched line. The plate has been almost clean wiped for this fine proof impression, in order to increase the contrast between the darkness of the archway and the brilliance of the view beyond.

This etching shows the entrance to the Palais du Louvre, with a view towards the busy streets beyond. Here, Nevinson has balanced the imposing nature of the massive archway against the lively atmosphere of the Parisian streets with the skill of a masterly artist. Once again, Nevinson has demonstrated his exceptional ability in the control of light by the way in which he has handled the increasing depth of shadow across the paving stones, from the entrance of the archway, towards the viewer. The cleverly arranged perspective of this composition forces the viewer's eye away from the foreground figures, who appear incidental, towards a non-specific point in the distance, in the lower right-hand area of the image.

On cream laid paper, watermarked Whatman 1922, with full margins and deckle edges. One small pressure line at upper edge of arch, otherwise very fine condition.