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Charles-André Malardot

(1817 Metz – 1879 Paris)

Paysage avec deux enfants qui pêchent. Etching. 45.6 x 37 cm. 1844. Bellevoye 2, Inventaire du Fonds Français 2.

In Charles-André Malardot’s intensely atmospheric landscape two boys can be seen on the bank of a little river surrounded by lush vegetation. They are sat on an outcrop of rock trying to catch some fish in the quiet waters, from which decorative water lilies spring. The scene is dominated by the contorted, natural shapes of the branches, leaves and rocks which, thanks to the artist’s skilful tonal gradations, contrast with each other in wonderful nuances of light and dark. Malardot’s differentiated, intricate etching technique enables him to create an extremely atmospheric and immediate impression of nature that is of the utmost graphic delicacy. Malardot was trained in Paris by Joseph Hussenot and Auguste Migette and began making lithographs in 1835 before turning his attention to etching and painting. His prints were evidently only issued in small editions since they are rare. From 1847 Malardot regularly exhibited his works at the Paris Salon. Malardot’s large etched prints, like the one on offer here, stand out not only for their technical precision, but also for their tremendous artistic originality. A fine impression with wide margins. In excellent condition.

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