One of the most excentric printmakers
of the 19th century, Rodolphe Bresdin (1822 - 1885) eschewed
the dominant academic canons of his day, and
elaborated an idiosyncratic style that combined exhuberant detail
in obsessive fantasy.
produced a singular graphic oeuvre of more than 150 etchings and
lithographs. Ill known to his contemporaries (and never sucessful
in his lifetime), he was the mentor of Odilon Redon, and is now
considered an important precursor of symbolism, and even surrealism.
Mon RÍve (Version II)
Van Gelder 150; Prťaud 17
etching, 1883, a rare signed impression, on Japon, before letters, and before the sole edition.
Bresdin's last etching, published in L'Art Moderne, is a utopian rendering of the artist's vertiginous vision.