Eugène Bléry (1805 - 1887)
Born in Fontainbleau, renowned etcher Eugène Bléry was the son of a high-ranking officer and professor at the military school there which was relocated to Saint-Cyr, where Bléry spent his youth He studied mathematics and became a professor. He used his free time to travel extensively throughout France. At Lyon in 1836, Bléry first encountered the work of Boissieu and directed his subsequent energies and studies to etching and tutored numerous artists including Charles Meryon. In the forty-two years of his career as an etcher, he produced some three hundred works, almost entirely devoted to studies of trees and plants and spending his entire career outdoors, anticipating the later enthusiasms of the Barbizon school and the Impressionists.
Blèry was a meticulous craftsman who scrupulously destroyed any work that he deemed unsuccessful. Beginning in 1835, he displayed his work at the Paris Fair, exhibiting until 1870 and receiving numerous awards there. In 1846 he was inducted into the Legion of Honor for his work. In spite of his widespread recognition, Bléry remained a traditionalist and ultimately fell out of favor as the rise of the avant garde swept past him. Prized by serious collectors, his work is held by many leading institutions including the Louvre, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Bléry died at Paris.
Untitled Pastoral Scene
Etching, ca. 1850; edition not stated. Image size 8½” x 6¼”; sheet size 16¾: x 12¼”. A beautifully rendered, well-inked impression signed in the plate border and in fine overall condition. Louvre blind stamp.