Barque de Pecheurs (Merchant Ships off Monaco)


Adolphe Appian (1819-1898), Barque de Pecheurs (also known as Barques de Cabotage Cotes d’Italie), etching, 1874, printed with title below and with the inscription Appian Sc. lower left. References: Curtis and Proute 40, Jennings 35, G. and A. Burton 37, second or third state (of 3). In excellent condition, printed on a cream laid paper, 5 3/4 x 8 3/4, the sheet 8 x 11 1/2 inches.

A fine impression, printed with a subtle veil of plate tone, wiped selectively so that the central sail is bright; printed in a dark brownish/black ink.

In the fine Burton catalogue it is noted that:

“The painting of this title was exhibited at the 1872 Paris Salon, and the print was exhibited there three years later. It is another rare composition arranged around a central element…with the white sail as the static focus of the picture.”