Brittany Village, Ploubazianec by Augusta Payne Rathbone

Brittany Village, Ploubazianec by Augusta Payne Rathbone

Brittany Village, Ploubazianec

Augusta Payne Rathbone

Title

Brittany Village, Ploubazianec

 
Artist
Year
c. 1935  
Technique
etching & aquatint 
Image Size
9 3/4 x 12 3/4"  
Signature
pencil, lr 
Edition Size
artist's proof 2/16 
Annotations
Breton Village Ploubazianec, along lower sheet edge 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove Arches 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AR125 
Price
$600.00 
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.