Femme assise sur un rocher. (after Louise Abbéma. 1847-1898). c. 1874. Ink study for the etching. 4 1/8 x 3 1/2 (image and sheet). Drawn on fine yellow/tan paper. Unsigned. On the drawing, lower right, is a pencilled number, presumably inventory: C38695. $2,750 the pair.
Femme assise sur un rocher. (after Louise Abbéma. 1847-1898.). c. 1874. Etching. Bourcard-Goodfriend 46. 5 1/8 x 6 7/8 (sheet 8 1/2 x 12 3/16). Printed on cream laid paper. Soiling in the right-hand margin; otherwise good condition. Signed, annotated and dated in the plate. Also annotated 'A II' in pencil in the top right-hand sky, presumably an inventory annotation to keep the pair totether. On the verso of the etching is pencilled C38698. $2,750 the pair.
Louise Abbéma was a French painter, sculptor, and designer of the Belle Époque. Abbéma was born in Étampes, Essonne. She was born into a wealthy Parisian family, who were well connected in the local artistic community. She began painting in her early teens, and studied under such notables of the period as Charles Joshua Chaplin, Jean-Jacques Henner and Carolus-Duran. She first received recognition for her work at age 23 when she painted a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, her lifelong friend and possibly her lover. She was an accomplished printmaker, sculptor, and designer, as well as a writer who made regular contributions to the journals Gazette des Beaux-Arts and L'Art.
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