Andree D. - from the portfolio Criminelles (24 portraits of French murderesses) by Mariette Lydis

Andree D. - from the portfolio Criminelles (24 portraits of French murderesses) by Mariette Lydis

Andree D. - from the portfolio Criminelles (24 portraits of French murderesses)

Mariette Lydis

Title

Andree D. - from the portfolio Criminelles (24 portraits of French murderesses)

 
Artist

Mariette Lydis

  1887 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1928  
Technique
etching and roulette, with collaged title. 
Image Size
6 1/8 x 4 3/4" plate size 
Signature
pencil, lower right margin 
Edition Size
one of the first twelve impression from published edition of 75 
Annotations
typographic title, in French, adhered to paper beneath image. 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy buff wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21840 
Price
$350.00 
Description

This etching, "Andree D". is from a portfolio Lydis did of 24 French murderesses. Lydis imagined them, taken from newspaper accounts of their deeds. She had the subject's name printed on newsprint with a description of her murder, simulating the text as it had appeared in the Parisian newspapers.

The text for this etching reads "Andrée D....16 ans, tue une amie du meme age en lui defoncant le crane avec un pierre et la jette dans un etang." (Andrée D....16 years old, kills a friend of the same age by smashing her skull with a stone and throwing her into a pond.)

Lydis used an economy of line to capture the essence of her subjects, adding some roulette around the hair. She left a thin layer of ink on the plate to add a gray tone to the composition.