Louis Legrand (1863 - 1951)
Printmaker Louis Legrand was born in Dijon in 1863. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon while working as a bank clerk and subsequently moved to Paris where he worked as a caricaturist and satirist for La Journee, Le Journal Amusant, and Courrier Francais. Two of his satirical drawings precipitated an obscenity lawsuit against Legrand, who was acquitted, convicted on appeal by the state, and sentenced for a brief term for refusing to pay the fine.
He subsequently met the Belgian artist Felicien Rops, who taught Legrand the etching process. He used these new skills to produce images based on the night life of Montmartre in all its flavors for various French journals with particular emphasis on dancers, both established and aspirant, Parisian café life, and the social scenes of the day. In addition, he illustrated a number of editions of novels by leading 19th century American and European authors. In 1906, Legrand was made a knight of the Légion d’Honneur, but died in obscurity in Livry-Gargan, France.
Etching and aquatint, 1894. Edition not stated. Image size 20-3/8” x 12-13/16”; sheet size 24¼” x 18¼”. A fine impression in very good overall condition. The sheet is stained by tape adhesive at its edges, and there is minor rippling on three of the edges well away from the sight area. A beautiful, sensuous image.
Etching and aquatint, 1895; edition not stated. Image size 12½” x 5-11/16”; sheet size 18-5/16” x 12-1/8”. Pencil signed and titled in the lower margin. A fine impression in overall fine condition.
Fleur de Lit
Etching and aquatint, 1896. Image size 6-5/8” x 10-1/8”; sheet size 12-1/16” x 18-3/8”. Signed in the plate and in pencil in the lower margin. A fine impression in overall near-fine condition, excepting minor rippling along the top and right edges, well away from the image/sight area.
Femme au Tub
Etching, 1912; edition of 30. Image size 8-15/16” x 7”; sheet size 12-1/8” x 17¼”. Signed in the plate and numbered 19/30 in the lower margin. Sight area is moderately toned.
Etching, 1909; edition of 65. Image size 5¾” x 8¼”; sheet size 11¾” x 15-15/16”. Signed in the plate and numbered 64/65 in pencil in the lower margin. A fine impression in very good overall condition, with a triangular loss at the upper right corner of the sheet, well away from the sight area.