Richard RANFT

Richard Ranft (1862-1931) arrived in Paris from his native Switzerland already partially trained as an artist.  He furthered his education with Gustave Courbet, but quickly seemed to find work.  Ranft was multifaceted.  He illustrated a number of books, which is not surprising since he was also a writer.  Thanks to his training he was also an accomplished painter, and created interpretative color aquatint, after 18th and 19th century painters mostly.  He is today mostly remembered for his colorful original aquatints, which are compositionally diverse, and very bright.  It is unclear how many of these he created, but probably no more than a few dozen.  They were generally printed in editions of 50, published by Charles Hessèle and have today become quite scarce.

The Start of the Race
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The Start of the Race

RANFT, Richard

Le Départ de la Course (original French title) Color aquatint and etching on laid Arches paper.Edition unknown.  Likely 50 or 60, which were Ranft'...

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Trottins Sold
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Trottins

RANFT, Richard

Ref: Stein & Karsshan 61. From "L'Estampe Original VIII", 1894. Without the blindstamp. Signed in pencil.

Promenade Matinale Sold
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Promenade Matinale

RANFT, Richard

Edition of 50. Published by Sagot bearing his blindstamp. Signed in plate and signed and numbered "24/50" in pencil.

Promenade en caleche Sold
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Promenade en caleche

RANFT, Richard

Signed and numbered "37/50" in pencil. With the stamp of Charles Hessele (Lugt 554). Printed on thick laid Arches paper.

Prima Ballerina Sold
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Prima Ballerina

RANFT, Richard

Printed on tan wove paper, with touches of watercolor in the flowers on the heads of the ballerinas in the background. Edition of 50. Bearing the m...

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L'Epluchage Sold
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L'Epluchage

RANFT, Richard

Edition of 25. Signed in pencil and numbered "No. 21/25" in pencil. With the monogram stamp of Charles Hessle (Lugt 554). Printed on tan thick wove...

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L'Ecuyere Sold
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L'Ecuyere

RANFT, Richard

Published by L'Estampe Moderne, with the embossed stamp (Lugt 2790).

Bal Costumé Sold
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Bal Costumé

RANFT, Richard

Printed à la poupée on Arches laid paper. The "Bon ˆ tirer" impression, before the edition of 50, published by L'Estampe Nouvelle. Annotated "Bon à...

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Au Bal Sold
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Au Bal

RANFT, Richard

Signed and numbered "No. 12" in pencil.