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Alphonse Daudet

1893
19th century
50.5 cm x 39 cm (19 7/8 in. x 15 3/8 in.)

Eugène Carrière (Gournay (Seine-et-Oise), 1849 - 1906, Paris) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.1964

Carrière trained first as a commercial lithographer, then studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. After three failed attempts at winning the Prix de Rome, he abandoned the official art establishment. He met Symbolist writers and developed a style of painting and printmaking that was equivalent to their evocative and dreamlike manner in literature. This is the first in a series of portrait prints depicting his contemporaries. Working with tusche -- ink brushed onto the lithographic stone -- he scraped and scratched the surface to achieve a form that simultaneously emerges from and dissolves into the velvety ground. Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897) was a novelist often compared with the British author Charles Dickens. His Christ-like features were not lost on the writer and critic Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896), who called it “A portrait of Daudet crucified.” .

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