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.