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Eugène Stanislas Alexandre Bléry

(1805 Fontainebleau – 1887 Paris)

Le gros tronc de hêtre. Etching on Chine appliqué, in an oval frame. 29.7 x 41.6 cm. 1862. Béraldi 117, Inventaire du Fonds Français 168.

Having received lessons in painting from Jean-Baptiste and Jules Cogniet and following an in-depth study of drawing and lithography Eugène Bléry attended an exhibition of works by Jean-Jacques Boissieu in 1836 which prompted him to engage in the technique of etching. He soon proved to be exceptionally talented as an etcher. Focusing primarily on nature and landscape motifs, he meticulously rendered a wide variety of large and small plants, their elaborate organic structures and intricate foliage. He derived his inspiration directly from nature, above all in the picturesque forests of Les Vaux-de-Cernay and his native Fontainebleau as well as in Savoy, the Auvergne and Switzerland. The present wonderfully atmospheric etching in an attractive oval frame dates to 1862 and has its origins in one of Bléry’s own drawings. The highly differentiated etching technique is of great visual appeal. A very fine, contrasting and harmonious impression with wide margins. Minor staining and traces of handling, otherwise in excellent condition.

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