Fernand Chalandre (1879 - 1924)
Wood engraver and etcher Fernand Chalandre was born in Nevers, France. Childhood polio is said to have cost him the use of his legs and left him wheelchair bound ever after, though other accounts attribute his disability to an accident. He was regularly seen traveling the streets of Nevers in his wheelchair, making sketches of the streets and landmarks of his native haunts.
He studied printmaking at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nevers and was a regular exhibitor for many years at the Salon des Artistes Français. His prints are characterized by their careful, sensitive depiction of both people and places. His health declined rapidly beginning in 1923, and he died the next year. The municipal museum at Nevers houses the principal collection of his work. Evidently, Chalandre's editions were very small and are consequently very scarce in the market.
Maison d’Anaxagoras Chaumette à Nevers
Etching on cream wove paper, ca. 1920; edition not stated. Image size 3" x 5½"; sheet size 7-1/8" x 11". Titled in the plate and signed in pencil by Chalandre in the lower margin. A fine, richly-inked impression in overall fine condition.
Les clochers à la La Charité sur Loire
Wood engraving. Image size 10-7/8" x 17½"; sheet size 13" x 19". Signed by the artist, lower RH corner. Titled in lower left corner, with notation that this print was exhibited at the Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1923. The image is richly inked and superb; the sheet, alas, shows soiling, a stain in the lower RH margin, a small tear at the upper LH corner, and a crease extending into the image at the upper center of the print
The accompanying photograph is courtesy of M. Fabien Mialon.