Maxime Lalanne (1827 - 1886)
Etcher and artist Maxime Lalanne was born in Bordeaux. He studied drawing under Saulnier at l'institution Oré, though in spite of his talent he initially studied law. An 1850 exhibit of six of his drawings drew the attention and encouragement of noted artist/etcher Léo Drouin. Lalanne left Bordeaux for Paris in 1852 where he studied under Jean François Gigoux, and where he worked and taught for much of the remainder of his life. In Paris, he first exhibited charcoal drawings and lithographs. In 1862, Lalanne became a founding member of the Société des Aquafortistes and began etching for Alfred Cadart. His Rue des Marmousets, published in November, 1862, was among the first of the society's publications, and his work earned numerous awards and honors including Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1875. Throughout his career, Lalanne produced over 200 etchings. Lalanne continued his work despite the onset of a crippling bone disease that afflicted him for the last ten years of his life. He died in Nogent-sur-Marne.
Rue des Marmousets
Etching, 1863; edition not stated. Image size 6-9/16” x 9½”; sheet size 8-3/8” x 11-3/4”. Signed in the plate. Cleaned and de-acidified in 2014; mounted and matted using archival quality materials. Fine overall condition.