Campo Santa Margherita, Venise. 1922. Etching and drypoint. Tabanelli 346. 7 7/8 x 13 3/4 (sheet 10 1/2 x 15 3/8. Edition 100. A tonal, atmospheric impression printed on cream laid paper from an antique volume. The wiping helps to create the dreamlike quality of the marketplace with its groups of people and palazzi. Signed in pencil. $350.
Edgar Chahine was born in Vienna but moved to Constantinople at a very young age. His father who was the director of the Ottoman Bank. Chahine was by his professor, Melkon Tiratzuyan, who advised him to pursue his artistic studies in Italy in order to participate in a more active artistic environment. He then moved to Venice, where he attended the prestigious Armenian Lyceum Mourad Rafealian on the San Lazzaro Island. He studied under Antonio Ermolao Paoletti at the renowned Academia di Belle Arti.
In 1895, went to Paris in 1895 and enrolled at the Académie Julian. He had successful exhibitions at the Society of French Artists. His first painting which was exhibited at the Paris Salon “Societe Des Artist Français” in 1896, was a portrait of a beggar.
He continued to have exhibitions from 1896 to 1899. In these exhibitions, Chahine included his art series called "Lamentable Life" which features the tables of poor people. In 1900, his prints earned him a gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. In 1903, he won another gold medal at the Venice Biennale. Chahine often turned to Armenian themes and in 1926 was a founding member of “Ani”, the Union of French-Armenian Artists of Paris. In 1925, he became a naturalized French citizen in 1925 and was awarded the Légion d'Honneur in 1932. In 1926, many of his prints were lost in a fire in his atelier in 1926. More were destroyed in a flood in 1942. Consequently, his paintings and prints are extremely rare.
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