Cathedral de Reims

Auguste Lepere - Cathedral at Reims


Lepere, Auguste-Louis (Paris, 1849 – Domme, 1918), Cathedral de Reims, etching, 1911, signed in pencil lower right [also signed in the plate lower left], numbered (42) lower left, from the total of 150 in the edition. Reference: Texier-Bernier 403, fourth state (of 4). There were also 28 impressions in prior states. Printed on Lepere’s own laid paper and with his watermark of a snail and initials AL, with the blind stamp of the publisher Sagot (Lugt 2254). In very good condition, the full sheet, 15 1/2 x 11 3/4, the sheet 22 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches.

A fine impression of this monumental, yet minutely detailed etching.

Lepere, one of the prominent printmakers of his time, became particularly well-know for his woodcuts as well as his etchings, and for inventive creations involving the use of both techniques in a single print. Although much of his work depicted mundane scenes of daily life, he occasionally made very ambitious large works, and of course the Cathedral at Reims is one of his best known large-scale efforts in etching.