Marche de Nice by Augusta Payne Rathbone

Marche de Nice by Augusta Payne Rathbone

Marche de Nice

Augusta Payne Rathbone

Title

Marche de Nice

 
Artist
Year
c. 1930  
Technique
etching & color aquatint 
Image Size
8 1/2 x 10 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
Epreuve d'essai (Trial Proof), Edition around 20 
Annotations
titled in pencil, verso 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove Arches 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
15457 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

While in Paris in 1927, Augusta Rathbone was introduced to printmaking and thereafter worked primarily in color aquatint combined with line etching. Rathbone, who had studied briefly with Bonnard, uses a freely drawn black etched line to capture rough shapes which are then filled with color, using aquatint. She worked with Monsieur Porcabeuf, a professional printer in Paris, who would prove her prepared plates. In the 1930s she traveled the French Riviera and her color palette adapted to the colorful villages throughout the region.

Rathbone produced twenty color aquatints of the French Riviera and about 1938 she joined forces with Juliet and Virginia Thompson to create the illustrated book French Riviera Villages, which was published that year by Mitchell Kennerly. Twelve of Rathbone's original color aquatints were reproduced mechanically by photography and then hand colored with pochoir. Juliet Thompson photographed the villages and Virginia Thompson wrote a history on each village. Rathbone's aquatints are a modernist homage to these ancient villages.

"Marche de Nice" depicts the famous Cours Saleya farmers market where flower and vegetable venders sell their products every day. Cours Saleya hosts four different markets. The most well known is the Marché aux Fleurs, or Flower Market, held Tuesday through Sunday. It’s actually a combination of the flower market and the fruit and vegetable market but the name, Marché aux Fleurs is commonly applied to the whole thing. The fruit and vegetable stands pack up by 1.30 in the afternoon but the flower stalls stay open until about 5.30.

The framers market is located in the old section of Nice, near the banks of the Paillon River. In the background the viewer can detect some of the colorfully painted buildings that house restaurants. The two women are dressed in northern French (Brittany) clothing.