Felix Hilaire Buhot (1847 - 1898)
Etcher, painter, and draftsman Felix Buhot was born in Valognes, France. Orphaned at an early age, he moved to Paris and after a brief period of academic study he began formal art studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, working under Isidore-Alexandre Augustin Pils, Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran, and Jules Noel.
In the 1870s, Buhot began creating etchings of famous paintings for magazine and book illustrations and at the same time created watercolor landscapes and seascapes
Buhot produced the first of the etchings for which he is best known beginning in 1873, employing aquatint, engraving, roulette and drypoint to attain the desired effects. Buhot is known for his distinctive use of vignettes in the margins of his prints which complement the major theme of the work. He became one of the most famous and collected printmakers of his day, exhibiting his work at the annual Salons between 1875 and 1886. Though Buhot continued to exhibit his prints he turned away from printmaking in favor of painting. But during the latter years of his life, serious depression led to the abandonment of his artistic career. He died at Paris.
Une Matinee d’Hiver au Quai de l’Hôtel Dieu
Etching, 1876; edition size not stated. Image size 12½” x 9-3/8”; sheet size 14-7/16” x 10-15/16”. Published by A. Cadart, Paris. Signed in the plate. Title, attribution, and publication stated in the lower margin. An early impression of Buhot's most famous work. Mild toning in the sight area. "Second state" noted in pencil in the lower margin. A fine impression in overall very good condition.