Petite Moulin (Small Mill) by Henri Cassiers

Petite Moulin (Small Mill) by Henri Cassiers

Petite Moulin (Small Mill)

Henri Cassiers

Title

Petite Moulin (Small Mill)

 
Artist

Henri Cassiers

  1858 - 1944 (biography)
Year
1925  
Technique
color aquatint and etching 
Image Size
17 9/16 x 13 5/8" platemark; 16-9/16 x 12-9/16" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
number 49 of an edition ca. 150. 
Annotations
numbered lower left; printed in blue, upper left margin: Publié par l'Estampe Moderne, 14 rue de Richelieau Paris 1925 
Reference
 
Paper
cream rives paper 
State
published 
Publisher
l'Estampe Moderne, Paris (blindstmamp in lower left) 
Inventory ID
22241 
Price
$500.00 
Description

Henri Cassiers displays his mastery of the etching process in this portrayal of a Dutch port, employing aquatint to painterly effect in the luminous, dramatic sky, which takes up two thirds of the plate. The structures on the horizon are wrought in brief, Impressionist, sketch-like forms, dwarfed by stormy weather; however the water is a tender sky blue, suggesting that the clouds are still approaching, giving the city a window of calm to prepare for an onslaught of rain.

Cassiers was noted for depicting Flemish landscapes with windmills, villages, and maritime views, often with large, active skies. Other subjects he was noted for were Dutch costumes and styles of dress, particularly of Zeeland and Katwijk.

 
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