Fernand Chalandre (1879 - 1924)
Born in Nevers, France, Chalandre's childhood polio cost him the use of his legs and left him wheelchair bound ever after. 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 wood-engravings are characterized by their careful, sensitive depiction of the people and places of the region.
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.