limited edition aquatint etching
Alphonse Henri Edgard Bouillette; 1872 - 1960, French artist who worked in the Chamonix area (French Alps). Studied Law and became a trainee lawyer at the Court of Appeal of Paris, he abandoned it for a career in art under the tutelage of Jules Joseph Lefebvre, Jean-André Rixens and Tony Robert-Fleury, he also became a mountaineer. He spent a long time in Chamonix, where he built a cottage, and would run with his guide Ravanel Joseph 'Red'. He was mobilized for the Great War and fought in the trenches of the Yser. He became one of the first members of the French Alpine Club and was Vice-President of the section of Chamonix. He led numerous group races in the mountains.
This fine etching with aquatint is bright and unfaded with excellent detail and tonal qualities, the image size measuring approximately 23 cms. x 18 cms. (9 x 7 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression on a laid paper sheet size of 44 cms. x 36 cms. (17½ x 14 ins.) with full margins and makers watermark.
Signed in pencil by the artist with the edition in the lower margin.
The market for his work is mainly in France, where his oil paintings sell for £2,000 to £3,000. In 2010, an etching titled 'À skis' (edition of 150), sold for €2,100. Sensible offers considered on this rare etching.
Unmounted and unframed, the condition of the image and sheet is excellent with a toning to the reverse sheet.