Le Matin is the title of this richly inked photogravure etching produced by Goupil & Cie in Paris in the late 19th Century. The original oil painting was by the popular French landscape painter Bernier.
On it's own, the print is dark, moody and evocative. No matter what the colors of the original painting were, the black ink has transformed the image into a Tonalist masterpiece.
Photogravure is one of the first processes used to reproduce images. It is a demanding process, where the image is etched into a copper plate, and each time it is printed, the ink must be applied to the plate by hand.
Only a small number of images (up to a few hundred) could be produced from a plate before it degraded. This print is crisp and has lovely warm blacks.
Photogravures were sold with wide margins listing the printer and artist. In this case, the margins were trimmed off for framing. Otherwise, the print is untouched. The front is in good condition. The frame is probably from the 1960's, and has some unoffensive dings. The old acidic backing boards have been replaced with acid-free ones, and the glass has been cleaned.
The print is large, with a plate size of 19" x 31" The frame size is 23.5" x 35"
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