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Louis Remy Eugène Desjobert

(1817 Châteauroux – 1863 Paris)

Landscape with Two Boys Fishing on a River Bank. Etching on Chine collé. 16.5 x 21.4 cm. 1845. Unrecorded.

A pupil of the landscape painters, André Jolivard and Theodore Caruelle d’Aligny, Eugène Desjobert made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1842 and was awarded medals on several occasions in the years that followed. As a painter, aquarellist, etcher and lithographer, he concentrated throughout his life on the theme of nature, drawing inspiration inter alia from the landscapes of Fontainebleau, Normandy, the island of Jersey and areas around the River Seine. Desjobert was made a member of the Légion d’Honneur in 1863. The present densely modelled etching, which dates to 1845 and is set in a charming oval frame, shows the overgrown bank of a river where two boys are perched with their fishing rods. The idyllic depiction conveys an atmosphere of great harmony and serenity. The dense linework and varied hatching reveal the artist to be a skilled and experienced etcher, whose works have yet to be registered in a descriptive catalogue. A further impression of this rare print is in the British Museum in a state before the addition of the year. A very fine, strong and contrasting impression with narrow margins. In excellent condition. From the collection of Frederick Augustus II of Saxony (Lugt 971).

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