Etching, 8 3/4" by 7" inside the mat, 14 1/4" by 12 3/4" framed, pencil signed at lower right margin, by the famous French artist, JEAN-FRANCOIS RAFFAELLI (1850-1924). This image of a building along a road, with small figures, is an example of the poetic impressionist style of his later period. Raffaelli found the common, the poor, the working class, and the underprivileged people of Paris and its industrial suburbs to be his favorite subjects, leading some to call him the "Millet of Paris". He studied briefly with Jean-Leon Gerome but was essentially self-taught. In 1880 and 1881 Degas actively encouraged him to exhibit with the Impressionists, but he met resistance from the likes of Monet, Caillebotte, and Pissarro, who ensured that his time exhibiting with the group was soon at an end. Raffaelli's style was considered more realistic, not truly impressionist, accounting for much of the resistance. Oddly, it was after his expulsion from the group that his style became more poetic and impressionistic. Raffaelli's fame spread across the Atlantic during his lifetime. Later in life, he took to the graphic arts, creating at least 183 different known prints (all except five drypoints or etchings) catalogued by Delteil. He is particularly remembered for his skills in pioneering color etching technique, thought at the time not as "pure" as classic black and white etching. Raffaelli's paintings have auctioned to nearly $3 million, and they commonly sell over $100,000. This example dates to the year 1909. It is in good, clean condition (not examined out of frame). Allow for reflections in the glass in a number of the images.
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