Original Lithograph, issued by L'Estampe Moderne Issue Number 6, Oct. 1897. Printed by F. Champenois, Paris. Blindstamp lower right in margin. Signed in the stone lower right. Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat. Certificate of Authenticity. See ourTerms of Sale
Part of the famous Belgian "Liege Trio" (Berchmans, Donnay, and Rassenfosse), whose printer Auguste Bernard (1854-1907) played an important role in the ascent of the poster artist in Belgium, Rassenfosse creates clean, effective, well drawn design.
Armand Rassenfosse Belgian engraver and painter. He showed a taste for drawing and engraving as a child and later, with the encouragement of his father, who had an art business, he studied occasionally with the Liege painter and engraver Adrien De Witte (1850-1935), a family friend. At this time he became interested in contemporary literature and in the literary review La Jeune Belgique. He also collected the engravings of Felicien Rops whom he met in Paris in 1886, an event which was to prove a decisive influence on his career.
Not unlike the Maitres de L'Affiche series, L'Estampe Moderne was a portfolio printed between 1897-98, published by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris, contained 24 monthly portfolios, with four original lithographs in each. Each commissioned only for this series. Some of the contributing artists included Mucha, Rhead, Meunier, Ibels, Steinlen, Willette and Grasset.
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