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 - Monkeys - Les Singes - Etching 1908 detail



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 - Les Maneges - Merry Go Round - Tabanelli 280 - aquatint etching drypoint - detail

The Merry-Go-Round


Les Manèges (original French title) Aquatint, etching and drypoint printed in bistre on laid paper.Reference: Tabanelli 280.Edition of 50.Signed in...

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Edgar Chahine - Germaine de face en buste - modern woman portrait - Tabanelli 293 - drypoint Sold
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Germaine de Face en Buste


Drypoint. Ref: Tabanelli 293. Second state of two. Edition of 50. Signed and numbered "ep 3/50" in pencil. With drystamp of Sagot (Lugt 2254).