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Maxime Lalanne

1827 - 1886

Dans le Port de Bordeaux by Maxime Lalanne

Dans le Port de Bordeaux   1869

  Original etching.
Signed in the plate.
Ref: Villet 60 ii/iii
S 312 x 449 mm; P 119 x 158 mm; I 106 x 151 mm
Very fine impression with delicate plate tone. First issue, as published by Cadart and Luce.

The port of Bordeaux was Maxime Lalanne’s birthplace and features regularly in his works. This etched view of the busy port displays Lalanne’s particular sensitivity towards the quality of light – a quality so important in this age of Impressionism. Here, the artist has used the blank areas of the plate to the full, allowing only the faintest suggestion of surface ink and the white of the paper itself to introduce spacious areas of light. Maxime Lalanne’s interpretation of this view makes fascinating comparison with the work of his contemporary Eugène Boudin.

On fine India paper applied to original warm white wove backing sheet, with full margins as issued. Some very minor foxing to backing sheet only, otherwise very fine original condition.