Edgar CHAHINE

Edgar Chahine (1874-1947), an Armenian immigrant to France, arrived in Paris with his mother circa 1895, having received his education in Venice.  Chahine’s father, a well-heeled banker, had stayed behind in Constantinople and afforded mother and son a life free of financial worry.  Young Edgar took advantage of this fully.  While he started his artistic career as a painter, by 1899 he was fully vested in the art of making intaglio prints.  Chahine became a master, mixing etching with aquatint, often delineating in soft-ground and adding touches of drypoint where needed.  He devoted much attention, especially as a young man, to street life and its many characters.  Like many of his peers, he also relished in depicting elegance, even when it suggested an “underbelly” of modern life.  Along with Jacques Villon and Louis Legrand, he is recognized as one of the most important etchers of the Belle Epoque in France.

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Edgar CHAHINE - Un Gueux - A Beggar - Etching 1899 Sold
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A Beggar

CHAHINE, Edgar

Un Gueux (original French title) Etching and aquatint on old laid paper.Reference: Tabanelli 10. On impression in black ink only.  It was also prin...

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Edgar CHAHINE - Monkeys - Les Singes - Etching 1908 detail
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Monkeys

CHAHINE, Edgar

Les Singes (original French title) Etching on heavy wove paper, 1908. Reference: Tabanelli 277. Third state of three, after the background was comp...

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Edgar Chahine drypoint - Armenian - Armenien - L'italienne - Portrait de Madame Sold
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The Italian Woman

CHAHINE, Edgar

Edgar CHAHINE (1874-1947) L’Italienne or Portrait de Madame B. (original French titles) Drypoint and direct bite on Arches laid paper.Reference: Ta...

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Edgar Chahine - Vieille Femme - drypoint - downtrodden - vie lamentable - detail Sold
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Old Woman

CHAHINE, Edgar

Vieille Femme (original French title)Drypoint, etching, and aquatint on laid paper.Reference: Tabanelli 43. From the total edition of 40 in the sec...

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