A fine aquatint print circa 1930's, the subject one of the famous canals of old Bruges, Belgium, pencil signed at lower right margin by French artist FREDERIC LOUIS LEVE (1877-1968), and numbered in pencil 86 at lower left margin, where there is a blind stamp in the paper. Leve was a painter in oil and watercolor but is most widely known for his skill in aquatint, a form of etching which lends itself to creating prints that look very much like watercolor. The color and detail in this example is outstanding, the handling of the late afternoon light and shadow masterful. Note especially the beautiful handling of the two swans as they glide peacefully in the water. Measurements are 23 1/4" by 29 1/2" sheet) and frame is 1 1/2" wide on a side. The print is clean and foxing is minimal if at all; lower portion seems to have been exposed at one point to moisture (so indicated by the stained old backing board), which led to some puckering of the paper in the lower four or so inches of the sheet, but there is happily no actual moisture staining visible. A mat would hide most of this in any event, should the purchaser decide to go that way. Frame has some wear, a corner is a bit loose.
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