La Maison Du Bucheron (The Woodcutter's Yard) Etching by Auguste Lepere; Signed; 1st state; 7/8.
Auguste-Louis Lepere was a French painter and etcher of the first order; the undisputed leader in the creative revival of wood engraving in Europe. At age thirteen, he began his artistic education in the Paris studio of the engraver, Smeeton. By the mid 1870's, Lepere had clearly emerged as one of the most renowned print-makers of his time. In both etching and wood engraving, Auguste-Louis Lepere became known as the prime delineator of daily life. He was one of the first artists to experiment with colored papers and often had his own papers made. The last years of his life were given almost exclusively to wood engraving. In total his graphic works consists of over 150 etchings, two hundred wood engravings and 14 lithographs. His brilliant art is represented in most major international collections.
This etching is a glimpse into the yard of the woodcutter. He is in the forefront sharpening a tool. There's a woman (probably his wife) and another behind him, also in labor. The image size is 8" x 11 1/2" and is in a standard black frame from the period. It is signed by the artist on the lower right size, and identified as "1st state 7/8". I have not inspected the piece out of the frame, but by appearances it looks to be in good condition
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