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Moulin de Pierre (The Stone Windmill). c. 1930. Etching. 4 7/8 x 8 1/8 (sheet 7 1/8 x 10 1/16). Edition 50, #6. A fine impression printed on the full sheet of cream laid paper. Monogrammed in the plate; signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $200.
Le Portail (The Gate. Frotenac). c. 1930. Etching. 4 1/16 x 2 3/4 (sheet 5 11/16 x 4). Edition 30, #20. A fine impression printed on the full sheet of cream wove paper. Signed and titled in pencil; annotated 'Frontenac' and monogrammed in the plate. $125.
The post-Impressionist painter and printmaker Maurice Victor Achener was born at Mulhouse in Alsace. Achener studied at the Strasbourg Beaux-Arts, and then in the ateliers of the engraver Peter Halm and the painter Ludwig von Loefftz in Munich. He also studied with Jean-Paul Laurens in Paris. Achener was taught the art of wood engraving by Herbert Lespinasse and Jules Germain. Maurice Achener exhibited with the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1914, and also with the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Arts Décoratifs. His work was mainly of landscapes, created based on real life, as well as on numerous designs and paintings which he then used for his etchings. He eventually began working directly on the slab. Each engraving went through many "stages." He would carefully research which paper would work best for his prints. He created his own inks. He was a precise and thorough printmaker, but his work was poetic and, although it is considered to be in the classical tradition, deeply personal.
He often drew Paris but also covered the rest of France as he was commissioned to do so. He illustrated Alsace, the Alps, with a partiality to Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Provence, the region of Poitiers, Carcassonne, Corsica and Brittany. He also visited Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. He spent time in Tunisia and in the United States, where his works were purchased by major collectors. He created nearly 550 prints, mainly with etching and drypoint
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