May by Edgar Chahine

May by Edgar Chahine

May

Edgar Chahine

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Title

May

 
Artist

Edgar Chahine

  1874 - 1947 (biography)
Year
1907  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
21 1/2 x 17 1/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower left 
Edition Size
edition of 50 
Annotations
pencil titled, lower right 
Reference
Taganelli 235 
Paper
antique-white Japon Nacre 
State
i/i 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22659 
Price
$1,250.00 
Description

Returning to "Belle Epoque" portraiture in 1907 after the death of his fiance, Mary Jacobson, Chahine, like Toulouse-Lautrec, turned his focus to elegant "Belle Epoque" portraiture: Parisian entertainers: society women, performers, cafe habitues, 'femmes fatales', shoopkeepers, etc.

Chahine truly loved printmaking and worked in all the intaglio techniques, especially drypoint. With a nod to Whistler, he emphasizes the central composition, allowing the surround to drift away. "May" wears a large Victorian Gainsborough Hat, the black shadow of which provides a framing for her confident, direct eye contact with the viewer, as she lounges on a divan.

Gabriel Weisberg, in his essay in "Edgar Chahine: La Vie Parisienne" notes on page 23:

"With Lautrec often the guiding presence, Chahine also tried to synthesize the work of Paul Helleu and thus remain the master interpreter of women among Parisian printmakers..."

 

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