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.

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Joseph Hecht Gazelle et Biches I (original French title)  Gazelles and Deer I  Engraving on Monval verdatre paper, 1930.

Gazelles and Deer I

HECHT, Joseph

Gazelle et Biches I (original French title) Engraving on Monval verdâtre paper.Reference: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 211. The printmaker’s pe...

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Joseph Hecht Tete de Jeune Cerf (original French title) Head of a Young Deer - engraving on laid paper, 1928.

Head of a Young Deer

HECHT, Joseph

Tête de Jeune Cerf (original French title) Engraving on laid paper, 1928. Reference: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 153. Edition of 35. Signed an...

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Joseph Hecht - Animaux Divers - Miscellaneous Animals - Engraving, 1929, Atelier 17, Paris.

Miscellaneous Animals

HECHT, Joseph

Animaux Divers (original French title) Engraving on Monval verdâtre paper.Reference: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 205. Edition of 100.  From th...

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Joseph Hecht - Ice Floe -Banquise (original French title)  Paris, 1933, Atelier 17. Engraving on laid Monval verdâtre paper.

Ice Floe

HECHT, Joseph

Banquise (original French title) Engraving on laid Monval verdâtre paper.Reference: Tonneau-Ryckelynck & Plumart 155. Erroneously presumed to b...

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