Les Buttes Chaumont (First Plate)

Chahine - Les Buttes Chaumont

Edgar Chahine (1874-1947), Les Buttes Chaumont (Premier Planche), drypoint, 1917, signed in pencil lower left, annotated “ep d’artiste”, titled lower right. Reference: Tabanelli 337, second state (of 2). Aside from the edition of 50. In very good condition, printed on a Japon pelure applique (on a heavy cream Arches paper, with the Arches watermark), as called for by Tabanelli. The full sheet with deckle edges, 8 1/2 x 12 1/2, the sheet 13 x 19 3/4 inches.

Provenance: Galerie Grillon, Paris

A fine impression, printed in a brownish/black ink with substantial burr from the drypoint work, and plate tone.

In the rare first state Chahine had included a group towards the bottom of the composition at the right, as well as an infant sleeping in a carriage. In the second state he burnished out this group (although shadowy lines in this proof attest to their earlier presence), adding the old woman and infant in the middle. Thus Chahine created this rather striking inverted triangular composition, with a woman and younger children at the upper left, an adult group picnicking upper right, tiny silhouetted figures in the background center, and the younger and older woman and children middle foreground.