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In 1884 Louis Legrand (1863-1951) arrived in Paris, from his native Dijon, a provincial young man. He would not remain so for long. With a fierce talent for drawing, which tended towards social criticism, Legrand made his way as an illustrator for weekly magazines and as an apprentice to the depraved Belgian artist Félicien Rops. From Rops, Legrand learned printmaking, and he never looked back. Legrand continued to draw for publications on occasion, but as of the early 1890s he applied his talents as an etcher. Well versed in aquatint, sugar-lifts, soft-ground, pure etching and drypoint, Legrand depicted Paris’ underbelly, its young ballerina’s, its night life… Hundreds of prints, both monochromatic and in color attest to his great talent as the Belle Epoque etcher by excellence.
Ref: Exsteens 163. From the series Faune parisienne. Signed and annotated "Bon a tirer" in pencil. Printed in color on japon.
Ref: Exsteens 263. Edition of 65. Signed, numbered "21/65" in pencil. With Pellet's red stamp (Lugt 1193).
Ref: Exsteen 159. Second state of three, before the plate was cut down. Plate one of "Faune Parisienne".
Printed on Louis Legrand laid paper. References: Exsteens 228, Arwas 246-248. From the edition of 15, before the plate was cut down, and the three ...View full details