One of the finest printmakers specialized in color aquatint, neither today nor in his time did Charles-Louis Houdard (1855-1931) enjoy great recognition. The fact that the artist seemingly didn’t practice other art forms may explain this relative obscurity. For those however, who have admired this technique, which reached its highpoint around 1900, the compositions of Houdard are unmistakably magnificent. He specialized in cooking grains that were particularly fine, thus lending his landscapes extremely painterly qualities. While he had a predilection for muted tones, a great admiration for the arts of Japan, whose color woodcuts clearly influenced his art, clearly pushed him towards bright colors at times. The bulk of the approximately 70 etched color compositions by Houdard dates from circa 1900 to 1905.
Color aquatint with touches of etching or drypoint on wove "SPECIAL MBM" paper. Ref: BN-IFF 6. Edition of 50. Signed and numbered in pencil.
Printed on laid Arches paper. Ref: BN-IFF 4-3. Edition of 50, this one, an unsigned and unnumbered proof aside from the edition.