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DEVAMBEZ, André.
Douze eaux-fortes.
Paris: 1915. Folio. Original pale brown calico portfolio, title within an embossed roundel to front cover, herringbone cloth ties, inner paper flaps. Old tidemark to spine, portfolio frayed at extremities, title page a little foxed, back wrapper more heavily so, scatter of foxing to margins of plates but withal a very good copy. Etched and aquatinted title page-cum front wrapper and 12 original plates, sheets measuring 360 x 480 mm, loose in portfolio, as issued. First and sole edition, number 116 of 150 copies only, title page and each plate signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. Inevitably highly uncommon, this quite superb suite of plates can trace its lineage to those more famous series on a similar theme by Jacques Callot and Goya. André Devambez (1867-1944) originally studied with his father Édouard, who had established one of the foremost Parisian engraving and printing businesses, Maison Devambez. He then went on to the École des Beaux-arts and had private lessons with Jules Lefebvre, winning the Prix de Rome in 1890. His most famous painting, the extraordinary La Charge (1902), at the Musée d'Orsay, shows a street clash between police and demonstrators and is notable for one of the techniques that he occasionally employs in the present suite, the plunging perspective. With the advent of the Great War Devambez joined up at the age of 47. In 1934 he was appointed official artist to the French Air Ministry. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art publication World War I and the Visual Arts, associate curator Jennifer Farrell writes that "Devambez often relied on an el … [Click Below for Full Description]
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