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Eugène Stanislas Alexandre Bléry

(1805 Fontainebleau – 1887 Paris)

Le chardon à foulon, avec roseaux, hyèble en fleurs (wild teasel). Etching on Chine appliqué. 25.9 x 18.6 cm. 1855. Inscribed “Ep eve de 2e Etat” in the artist’s own hand at the bottom left beneath the platemark and “No. 25 du catalogue asterique *” at the top left. IFF 134, Béraldi 165.

Eugène Bléry, the son of a mathematics professor at the École militaire, initially trained to become a university teacher, his artistic activities being of secondary interest. Around 1830, he resolved to devote himself exclusively to art and was given his first lessons by Jean François Hue and Jules-Louis-Philippe Cogniet. Bléry worked almost entirely as an etcher. Virtually all his preliminary studies were made from nature and occasionally he even drew his design straight onto the plate en plein air. The unflagging patronage of the Montalivet family also enabled the artist to take personal charge of the publication of his numerous nature studies, which were distinguished by their botanical precision. The present plant study stems from a set of six prints produced between 1847 and 1855. Before the title and the number. A superb, tonal proof with fine plate tone and wiping marks, with margins around the distinct platemark. Minors signs of ageing, tiny holes from former stitch binding at the top, otherwise in immaculate condition.

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