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JULES JACQUEMART – Chez Berne-Bellecour, 1875
Etching
Sheet size: 175x270 mm
Image size: 150x230 mm
Edition: c.1500 – Signed in plate
Original etching, printed on laid paper by A. Salmon. Published in 1876 by the Gazette des Beaux-Arts. It is inscribed Chez Berne Bellecour Jacquemart scpt 75 in the plate; the painter Étienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour (1838-1910) was one year Jacquemart's junior. The sitter is presumbably Mme Berne-Bellecour. Jules Jacquemart is known for the meticulous realism of his etchings of art objects, but in this etching he approaches Impressionism, only one year after the First Impressionist Exhibition. Berne-Bellecour and Jacquemart worked alongside each other, each producing an etching of the same subject. In his catalogue raisonné of Jacquemart's etchings, Louis Gonse declares Jacquemart's version much superior, noting its painterly qualities. Gonse writes that, "Celle de M. Jacquemart n'est qu'une impression à l'eau-forte, pour nous servir du mot à la mode, mais nous la préférons beaucoup à la planche plus étudiée du peintre." The word "impression" is italicized, to make sure that his readers pick up the reference to the Impressionists. Refs: Gonse 350, Béraldi 350, I.F.F. 44, Sanchez & Seydoux 1876-21. Condition: Excellent.
£400.00