Original print in black and white, described on paperwork affixed to the backing as a Heliogravure, 10 1/4" by 8 3/4" inside the mat (26" by 22" as framed), not signed or numbered. The popular and familiar image is "Gabrielle et Jean" (after the famous painting of Renoir's wife and son). Heliogravure is described as one of the very earliest photographic etching processes. Apparently in 1919 at the artist's death, heliogravures were made of many of his popular paintings. Over the years, reproductions of these early prints have been made by various art companies, and I believe this is one such reproduction. The paperwork on the back reads as if this exact print was printed from a copper plate in the year 1919, in a limited edition, but I believe there is a clever and misleading play on words here; the ORIGINAL heliogravure was in such a limited edition, pulled on that date, by that printer, etc.. So we have basically a decorative, still collectable work, but not a true limited vintage edition. Condition is excellent with no foxing nor moisture damage. There is a small hairline in the image but I believe that was present from whenever the photograph of the work was made, and is not actually a scratch in the paper. .
Item ID: JB01744
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