19thC.  French revival of woodcut / Auguste Lepere

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Auguste Lepere (Paris, 1849 - Domme, 1918)

Auguste-Louis Lepere 'Auguste Lepere': A French painter and etcher of the first order, Auguste Lepere was also the undisputed leader in the creative revival of wood engraving in Europe. At age thirteen, Auguste Louis Lepere began his artistic education in the Paris studio of the engraver, Smeeton. By the mid 1870's, Lepere had clearly emerged as one of the most renowned printmakers of his time. In both etching and wood engraving, Auguste-Louis Lepere became known as the prime delineator of daily life. Yet he was also a tireless experimenter with innovations such as combining etching and wood engraving on the same print. As well, he was one of the first artists to experiment with coloured papers and often had his own papers made.

The last years of Auguste Lepere's life were given almost exclusively to wood engraving. In total his graphic oeuvre consists of over 150 etchings, over two hundred wood engravings and 14 lithographs. His brilliant art is represented in most major international collections.


Wood engraving

reference: L.B.252 iii

Les Trophees (The Trophies) was commissioned by The Studio, in London, in 1900.
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries this journal was the leading British arts publication. Founded in 1893, the journal frequently commissioned leading contemporary artists for original etchings, lithographs and woodcuts. Contributing artists during the 1890's included Felix Vallotton, James McNeill Whistler, Emil Orlik, Charles Edward Holloway, Hans Thoma, Joseph Pennell, Alexandre Lunois, Fernand Khnopff, Frank Brangwyn and Auguste-Louis Lepere.

This original work of art entitled, "Les Trophees" is reproduced in Howard Simon's, "500 Years of Art in Illustration", World publishing Company, Cleveland, 1947, P. 223.

21 by 14 cm on image border,
On a larger sheet of thin paper with wide margins.
Top condition.

Landscape in Barbizon style


Top etching with personal stamp

Texier-Bernier 386 (III / III )
Third state after the reduction of the plate.


18 by 16 cm on plate border,
Excellent impression in a full sheet of woven paper with wide margins.


Exceptional strong and fresh impression
on heavy laid paper, with strong embossed plate border and rich dark inking.
With the A.L.L. red stamp
probably used by the artists for impressions
he printed an published under his own direction

29,50 by 12,20 cm on plate border,
Superb impression in a sheet with 2 cm margins.


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