Joseph HECHT

One could argue that Joseph Hecht (1891-1951) had a one track mind, depicting only animals, and almost exclusively in burin (pure-line engraving) or drypoint.  But what an eye and a talent he had in this particular specialty.  Born in Poland, he arrived in Paris after World War I, by way of Norway.  It seemed his sense of simplicity was honed there and Hecht is renowned today for his ability to pare down his subject to its essence.  It seems Hecht never traveled much and drew most of his animals in captivity; in particular at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.  He left behind over 400 prints, elegant depictions of the beautiful felines, birds and assorted deer or goats, in simple black line on beautiful sheets of handmade paper.

Heron I
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Heron I

HECHT, Joseph

Printed on laid Montval verd‰tre paper. Ref: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 35. Edition of 30. Signed and numbered "8 = 30" in pencil.

Rue de la Bourse Sold
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Rue de la Bourse

HECHT, Joseph

Printed on BFK Rives wove paper. Ref: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 310. Edition of 30. Signed and numbered "24/30" in pencil. The slightest dis...

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Oiseaux Sold
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Oiseaux

HECHT, Joseph

Ref: T-R&P. 289. From the series "Nouveaux Croquis d'Animaux." Signed in pencil.

Mon Fils Henri Sold
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Mon Fils Henri

HECHT, Joseph

Printed on laid Montval paper, circa 1928-29. Ref: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 174. Edition of circa 20. Signed in pencil.

Jeune buse Sold
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Jeune buse

HECHT, Joseph

Ref: T-R & P. 388. Signed and numbered "13=30" in pencil.

Corbeau Sold
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Corbeau

HECHT, Joseph

Ref: T-R & P. 129. Edition of 30. Signed and numbered "30=30" in ink. Printed on old notary paper.

Arbres (Flore Norvegienne) Sold
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Arbres (Flore Norvegienne)

HECHT, Joseph

Ref: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 13. Edition of 30. Signed and numbered "12=30" in pencil. Printed on a thin laid greyish-blue paper.