Original Eugène Delacroix aquatint.
Excellent, strong impression with bright contrast. As issued by Delâtre in about 1869, with the address of Cadart and Luquet, prior to Fatout’s edition. Only a very few proofs were printed from this plate in Eugène Delacroix’s lifetime, the first formal editions being printed by Delâtre during the 1860's for the publisher Cadart (who had bought the plate after the artist's death). This impression is a particularly fine example of Delâtre’s printings of the plate.
One of the most famous images of Eugène Delacroix's printed oeuvre, this bold and striking portrayal of a blacksmith at work displays the artist's natural Romantic style in his depiction of real life. This plate his novel in the artist's use of pure aquatint without the support of the etched line - a technique rare in printmaking at this time. Eugene Delacroix has employed a carefully graded use of varied aquatint grains, balanced against bright white highlights, to create a superb and powerful image of Romantic art. Regarded as the outstanding example of aquatint in Eugène Delacroix's oeuvre, Un Forgeron is the very essence of truly creative printmaking.
On cream laid paper with margins. Very good condition.