Very large and high quality execution etching applied on china paper representing nude Antony and Cleopatra travelling on a Galley. Engraved by french engravor Lucien Gautier (1850 -1925), after a work by Henry Picou (1827-1895) entitled " Cleopatra on the Cydnus". Printed and published by Goupil & Cie October 1, 1875.
In excellent condition, cleaned by a hired profesionnal restorer.
About the Painter :
Henry Picou's artistic debut was at the Salon in 1847. The next year he was awarded a second-class medal for his painting, Cleopatra on the Cydnus, it is commonly regarded as Picou's masterpiece. This showing at the Salon in 1848 was written about by the critic Théophile Gautier, who felt that the subject matter was too ambitious, but also said that "As it is, it gives the best hope for the future of the young artist, and ranks among the seven or eight most important paintings of the Salon."
48.8" x 32.3" (124 x 82.5 cm)
Very Large Etching of Nude Cleopatra and Antony travelling on a Ship, 19th C. Print after French painting By Picou