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Artist: Louis Legrand, French (1863-1951)

Item: print.01

Title: Private Bar

Description: Condition A+
Original etching with drypoint and
aquatint in black ink. 1905, signed
in pencil and numbered No.36 in pencil.
From the edition of 50 this is No.36
Printed by Gustave Pellet.
Ref: Bibliotheque Nationale Inventory 124.

Presented in 18 x 25 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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Sheet Size: 13 5/8 x 20 7/8 in /34.5 x 53 cm
Image Size: 9 7/8 x 14 in /25.2 x 35.6 cm
Price: Sold

"Private Bar" is amongst Legrand's most renowned and characteristic large etchings of the turn of the century, but one which very rarely appears on the the market. The theme, the life of the cafe society and the Parisian bars, is one that Legrand depicted often, with an eye for the atmosphere, the style, and the decadence of the period and his great gift as a draughtsman.

Depicted in this etching is "Le Chocolat" the famous black clown, who together with Footit,
became famous in Paris at the "Folies-Bergere" Toulouse-Lautrec's made a wonderful illustration of "Chocolate dancing" for "Le Rire" View Image

"Legrand was not only very gifted in his drawing, he was an artist who had an inspired feeling for the varied visual effects of the techniques of etching which he used in his prints. The contrasts between crisp line, drypoint with richly varied densities of ink from strong burr to subtly burnished half-tones, softground and aquatint, give works such as this a quality of light and tone which is strongly painterly, modelling and enlivening the whole surface of the sheet." (Weston)

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