Richard Ranft; Belle Epoque
Limited edition colour aquatint
Artist signed in pencil
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limited edition Belle Epoque
etching with aquatint
Richard Ranft; 1862-1931, Swiss painter, engraver, illustrator and poster artist. Ranft studied in Geneva, where he was a student of Sordet, A. du Mont and Gustave Courbet, in Paris. It was there that he published colour engravings and posters. He lived and worked mainly in Coubert and was a member of the Salon de la Société des Beaux-Arts. Ranft's prints mainly reflect an enthusiasm for Parisian elegance and entertainment, but he did not shy away from the life of the lower class. Some of his prints are interpretations of paintings by Watteau, Gainesborough, Turner, Fragonard and others. Most of his etchings were produced circa 1900, printed in small editions of 50 or 75 by the Delâtre workshop and published by Edmund Sagot.
A stunning and atmospheric, characterful etching with aquatint which is bright and unfaded in coloured inks, the image measuring 49 cms. x 36 cms. (19¼ x 14 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression, on a wove paper sheet size measuring 57 cms. x 43 cms. (22½ x 17 ins.) with full margins and 'Arches' watermark.
Signed by the artist in blue pencil beneath the image with the edition also in pencil.
Gallery retail price $4000+, auction estimate $700-$1000
Sensible offers considered.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is good with handling marks condusive with age, will be shipped rolled.