A fine original etching titled "Road to Nice, France" and dated 1940 on wove paper with large margins. The plate size measures 6 ¾ by 10 ¾ inches with overall paper size of 12 ¾ by 18 ½ inches. Very good condition, a nice clean example. Signed both in pencil and in the plate. Titled and dated in pencil below the plate area. Note the raised estate seal in the upper right corner. This is a very nice impression with lots of detail, nicely toned. One of the best etchings we have seen by this well known Chicago area artist. Offered unframed.
Josef Pierre Nuyttens was a well known 20th century American etcher. Josef Pierre Nuyttens studied art in his native Belgium at the Antwerp Royal Academy. He then went to Paris to complete his education at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Nuyttens began to exhibit his paintings in both Antwerp and Brussels in 1905. By the end of the First World War (1918) he had emerged as one of Belgium's leading artists and received the bronze medal from the Queen of Belgium as well as the Chevalier of the Order of Leopold II. He moved to the United States around 1925. He first settled in New York but by 1934 he had made Chicago his permanent home. In America, Nuyttens became well known for his landscapes, cityscapes, figure studies and animal depictions. He was a full member of the Alumni Art Institute of Chicago. Today, examples of his etchings and paintings are included in such diverse collections as the Art Institute of Chicago, the White House, Washington, DC, and the Royal Palace, Brussels, Belgium. He is listed in most major art reference volumes including Who Was Who in American Art.
Information from a gallery label (not included with this offering) is as follows:
"This is a genuine Pierre Nyttens etching (not a reproduction) executed by hand on his own etching press, and signed by the artist. It truly is a collector's item.
Pierre Nyttens is internationally recognized as one of the world's most gifted and versatile living artists, displaying genius in every medium (water color, oil, pen and ink, and sculpture. But first of all, Pierre Nuyttens is without equal in dry point etchings, and his works are prized the world over by museums and collectors.
The range of Nuyttens' subjects appears unlimited--landscapes, mariens, character studies, animals--while his portraits are so outstanding that he is often caled the "official etcher of Presidents and Notables."
He has made portrait etchings of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many notables too--Kings, Queens, actors of stage and screen, industrialists and society people have sat for him here and abroad. His portraits of Edison, Lipton and Irene Castle, among others, are particularly renowned.
Since Pierre Nuyttens reached 16 years of age (when he won first prize award at the Royal Academy of Art at Antwerp) his etchings have hung in prominent galleries the world over, among them the Washington Congressional Library and War Museum of Brussels. Foremost art dealers in the world all display Nuyttens' etchings.
So many sided is Nuyttens' genius that he is also renowned as an author of novels, and he has received many awards for both art and literary work. Among other awards it is interesting to note that Pierre Nuyttens is a Chevalier Knight in the Order of Leopold the Second, having been decorated by the greatly loved late King Albert of Belgium. National Arts Guild, Chicago, Ill."