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JEAN-FRANCOIS RAFFAELLI (French / 1850-1924)

Because Jean-François Raffaëlli concentrated on etchings (often coloured) rather than paintings, he is today among the least appreciated of the Impressionists, even though he was greatly admired by Degas and exhibited at the Impressionist exhibitions of 1880 and 1881. Not so in his own day, when Raffaëlli was fêted by the literary world. Joris-Karl Huysmans partly based the figure of the artist in À vau-l'eau on Raffaëlli. Raffaëlli produced around 180 etchings and drypoints. He started experimenting with colour etchings in 1889, around the same time as Henri Guérard and Mary Cassat; when the Société de la gravure originale en couleurs was founded in 1905, Raffaëlli was its first President. Raffaëlli was the illustrator, with original etchings, of perhaps the most severely limited printed book of all time, an edition of Germinie Lacreteux by the de Goncourt brothers published in an edition of precisely three copies. Jean-François Raffaëlli was born, lived and died in Paris, though his father was Italian. Raffaëlli studied under Gérôme at the Beaux-Arts, Paris.

See also:

NORBERT GOENEUTTE
HENRI GUÉRARD
CLAUDE OSCAR MONET

Selected prints by JEAN-FRANCOIS RAFFAELLI

La gare du
Champ-de-Mars, 1911
Drypoint
Le petit oiseau, 1915
Etching
Le chiffonier, 1911
Etching/aquatint

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