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.

Richard Ranft - Profil de Nuit - Night Profile - woman looking into distance landscape - detail
$900

Night Profile

RANFT, Richard

Profil de Nuit (descriptive French title) Etching and aquatint printed in brownish-black ink on tan wove paper, n.d.Edition unknown, but likely ver...

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Richard Ranft color aquatint Sold
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At the Ball

RANFT, Richard

Au Bal  (original French title) Color aquatint on wove paper.Small edition of color variants, rare.Signed and numbered in pencil. We have had this ...

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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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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.