Jules Bastien-Lepage Realist Harvest etching; 1881
'Sharpening the Scythe'
Artist plate signed
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‘Faucheur aiguisant sa faux’
(Sharpening the Scythe)
Jules Bastien-Lepage; 1848-1884, French artist born in Damvillers, Meuse, he studied under Cabanel at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris and was a plein-air painter of rural scenes, influenced by Courbet and the Barbizon School, and himself influencing Manet and the Impressionists, and also English plein-air painters such as George Clausen. Jules Bastien-Lepage only made five etchings which were under the tutelage of Léopold Flameng. As with many of LePages's etchings this image was etched after his painting; Sharpening the Scythe 1881 (Dallas Museum of Art)
A fine atmospheric etching which has bright and unfaded colouring, with black ink lines and detail. The image measures approximately 25 cms. x 19 cms. (10 x 7¾ ins.) within a fine but evident platemark and impression.
Printed on a medium laid paper sheet size 28 cms. x 23 cms. (11 x 9 ins.) with ‘Arches’ watermark.
Signed and dated in the etched plate.
Unframed and unmounted, blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and sheet is good with handling marks condusive with age.