A French painter and etcher (1849-1918) of the first order, Auguste Lepère was also the undisputed leader in the creative revival of wood engraving in Europe. At age thirteen, Auguste Louis Lepère began his artistic education in the Paris studio of the engraver, Smeeton. By the mid 1870's, Lepère had clearly emerged as one of the most renowned print-makers of his time. In both etching and wood engraving, Auguste-Louis Lepère became known as the prime delineator of daily life. Yet he was also a tireless experimenter with innovations such as combining etching and wood engraving on the same print. As well, he was one of the first artists to experiment with colored papers and often had his own papers made. His brilliant art is represented in most major international collections. Auguste Louis Lepère is sometimes listed as Louis-Auguste Lepère, and sometimes simply as A. Lepère.
Lepère took a purist's approach to etching, believing that an etcher should be able to achieve his effects entirely through the etching needle; he rarely used aquatint. You must agree this etching is a lovely piece of his work. It is on crème colored paper and is so marked above the signature on lower left side. It is numbered "32/35" from the 2nd state; it is dated "13" meaning 1913.
Regarding condition, this piece looks to be in good condition; there are no rips or tears or marks. It's in a very old frame, so I am sure the backing does not meet today's standards. I have not inspected the piece outside of the frame.