FELIX BRACQUEMOND (French / 1833-1914)

Félix Bracquemond was born in Paris. Brought up in a stable, he entertained youthful dreams of becoming a circus rider. Around 1848, he was instead apprenticed to a lithographer. Taking drawing lessons in the evenings, Bracquemond was noticed by Guichard, who had been a pupil of Ingres, who persuaded the boy's parents to let him leave his apprenticeship and become Guichard's pupil. Bracquemond made his debut at the Salon of 1852. Félix Bracquemond was one of the pioneers and shapers of the French etching revival. Guichard encouraged him to learn etching, without being able to offer any practical help; undeterred, Bracquemond learned the techniques from an old encyclopedia. From 1862 Bracquemond was the driving force of the Société des Aquafortistes. Félix Bracquemond was generous with his advice and help to other artists who wanted to learn how to etch, including Corot, Courbet, Théodore Rousseau, Degas, and Fantin-Latour. Braquemond is one of those figures who form a bridge between the Barbizon School and the Impressionists, having close links with both groups. Because of his friendship with Impressionists such as Manet, Degas, Cassatt, and Caillebotte, Bracquemond was invited to exhibit at the Impressionist Exhibitions of 1874 (the first), 1879, and 1880. As well as his etchings and lithographs, Bracquemond designed ceramics, notably for Sèvres and Haviland. In 1900 he won the Grand prix de gravure at the Exposition Universelle. His wife Marie Bracquemond was one of the most significant female Impressionists, alongside Eva Gonzalez, Mary Cassatt, and Berthe Morisot. We have etched portraits of Félix Bracquemond by both Paul Rajon (our "artist photo") and Loÿs Delteil,

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Selected prints by FELIX BRACQUEMOND

Les Mouettes (Gulls), 1895
Les trembles, 1884
La surprise, 1900

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