La Vache Noire, Le Pouldu


Adolphe Beaufrere (1876-1960), La Vache Noire, Le Pouldu (The Black Cow. Le Pouldu), soft ground etching, 1910, unsigned.  Reference: Morane 10-23, only state. In very good condition, trimmed about 1/8-1/4 inch outside of the platemark, 7 x 8 1/8 inches.

Printed in black on a laid paper, with the watermark Original Hindostan Mill, with the letters and crest.

Provenance: acquired directly from Jean-Noel Beaufrere, the artist’s son.

A fine proof impression of this very rare composition. Morane notes that only 1 or 2 proofs of Le Vache Noire was pulled.

It appears that at this time Beaufrere was experimenting with a variation on a soft ground etching technique, perhap just brushing or dabbing acid on the plate, and then printing the plate.

Beaufrere was among the many artists who worked on the French Le Pouldu coast, others included Gauguin, Emile Bernard, and Paul Seurisier.