Au Puits which translates to "The Well" is an etching and dry point done by Auguste-Louis Lepere in 1911. This etching depicts a woman at her well, filling up her water jug. The image size of this piece is 7 ½" x 9 ½"; it is signed by the Lepere and is numbered 2/5 on the lower right side. It is in a standard black frame (15 5/8" x 16 ¾") from the period, purchased by my great grandfather in 1920 (of which I have the receipt). On the receipt (which is from M. Knoedler & Co. in New York, who is still in business today) it is identified from "Catalog #189, II State #2 of five impressions". I have not inspected the piece out of the frame, but by appearances it looks to be in good condition.
Auguste Lepere (1849-1918) was a French painter and etcher of the first order; the undisputed leader in the creative revival of wood engraving in Europe. His brilliant art is represented in most major international collections.
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