Merle d'eau et Glacons (Water Bird and Ice) by Robert Hainard

Merle deau et Glacons (Water Bird and Ice) by Robert Hainard

Merle d'eau et Glacons (Water Bird and Ice)

Robert Hainard

Title

Merle d'eau et Glacons (Water Bird and Ice)

 
Artist

Robert Hainard

  1906 - 1999 (biography)
Year
1952  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
11 x 14 1/8" image size 
Signature
artist's signature in ink in image, lower right; pencil, lower left in margin. 
Edition Size
28 of 50  
Annotations
pencil editioned; annotated in ink is the name of region and date "Allondon, 29 Janvier, 1952" in image, lower right 
Reference
Woodcut no. 216, Obs Allondon 29.1.195; Gr 11.3.1953; Valentina Anker, "Robert Hainard: les estampes, tome 1": 1924-1956, Ed. Xylon, Hauterive, p. 153, no 216. 
Paper
antique-white Japanese laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23217 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

The artist's annotation in the lower right corner of the image includes the name "Allondon," which is a river that begins in Echenevex, France and eventually joins the Rhone at the village of Russin in Geneva, Switzerland. The Allondon and its surroundings were a great source of inspiration for Hainard, whose observation of nature often centered on the smaller flora and fauna of riverbanks.

Here, Hainard's ability to produce a painterly touch within the confines of color woodcut is perfectly demonstrated in this soft portrayal of a songbird perched on a mossy rock, surrounded by ice and tumbling water. He's almost entirely camouflaged in the winter scene with his dark wings and head and snowy-white underbelly.