Manuel ROBBE

Manuel Robbe (1872-1936) went through a traditional education of quality, both in his general studies and as a fine artist.  By the time he becomes an active member of the Parisian art scene, he is a talented and well-rounded painter.  He quickly finds his stride, first as a painter, then as a lithograph poster designer, but then, around 1895 as a color etcher.  By then the technique was well established in Parisian printmaker milieus.  Robbe takes its painterly qualities to a whole new level.  He learned etching and the use of aquatint from the unavoidable Eugène Delâtre and became a master of coloring à la poupée.  Robbe made hundreds of prints, both under his own name, and later in life under the pseudonym of Alphonse Lafitte.  His prints before World War I are mostly depicting elegantly dressed women, modern life, cityscapes and landscapes.  Signing as Lafitte, he mostly depicted seascapes in Brittany, though not exclusively.  His works have declined in value tremendously.  They are today an amazing value for their quality (in my humble opinion).

The Beautiful Impression Sold
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The Beautiful Impression

ROBBE, Manuel

La Belle Epreuve (original French title) Printed on wove paper.Reference: Merill-Chase.Edition of 100.

Nocturne Sold
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Nocturne

ROBBE, Manuel

Also titled "Le Flirt". Reference: Merill Chase 3. Edition of circa 100. Signed and numbered "no 48" in pencil. Slight discoloration inside a prior...

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Les Bas Noirs Sold
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Les Bas Noirs

ROBBE, Manuel

Aquatint on laid Arches paper. Refs: not in Merill-Chase or Michael. Edition unknown, likely not very large. Uncommon. Signed in pencil. Manuel Rob...

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Decembre Sold
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Decembre

ROBBE, Manuel

Printed on wove paper, 1909. Reference: Merrill Chase 148. Edition of circa 100. Published by Georges Petit, Paris. Signed and numbered "81" in bla...

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