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Maxime Lalanne

1827 - 1886

A Neuilly, (Seine) by Maxime Lalanne

A Neuilly, (Seine)   1863/4

  Original etching.
Signed in the plate.
Ref: Beraldi 7; Villet 6 iii/iii
S 302 x 345 mm; P 177 x 248 mm; I 159 x 237 mm
Particularly fine first issue impression with the collector’s stamp of the prominent French collector, Alfred Lebrun.

One of Maxime Lalanne’s first published etchings, this peaceful etched view shows a stretch of the river Seine at Neuilly, to the North West of Paris, just outside the city centre. Here we see Maxime Lalanne’s naturalistic etched work at its finest – he seems from the outset to have 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 the Société des Aquafortistes’ own watermarked cream wove paper, with margins, and with the Cadart & Luquet blindstamp in the lower margin. With the collector’s stamp of Alfred Lebrun (Lugt 140) in red ink at the lower right corner of the platemark. Very good original condition.