Charles Maurin

Charles Maurin, Devant la Glace, soft-ground etching, ca. 1896-1900

Devant La Glace

Fréchuret  565

soft-ground etching, circa 1896-1900 (?), with additional hand-coloring ("à la poupée"), a splendid working proof impression of an early undescribed state, signed by the artist in pencil lower right, ostensibly pulled by the artist himself (prior to the Pellet edition*), on heavy beige wove paper, with wide margins, annotated bottom margin in pencil, "femme à sa toilette - Epreuve tirée par l'artiste, avant le tirage de l'Editeur Pellet", some lightstaining inside the window of an old mount, slight overall soiling, otherwise in very good condition

The present impression, which is most probably unique, has the evanescent quality of a vaporous, almost unreal, vision that derives from the hand coloring, even though the fine relief highlighting in the filigree of the mirror frame and the detailed strands of hair are already clearly in evidence here.

The only similar impression that we have seen is derived from the Fréchuret thesis and documentation at the Musée Crozatier, Le Puy en Velay, which is also described as a trial proof, and now in the Sagot-Le Garrec collection, Paris.**

P. 286x135 mm, S. 440 x 265 mm.

Provenance: the Alfred Barrion collection (Lugt 76) with the collector's stamp, lower right; Alfred Barrion was a 19th-century collector renowned for his perfect taste ("goût parfait") and the exquisite quality of the impressions in his vast portfolio.

Devant la Glace, Frechuret 565

* The annotation at the foot of the page states that this proof was pulled by the artist before the Gustave Pellet edition.  We have however not been able to locate impressions from this edition.  There is however  an impression of this print mentioned in the sudoc database with little additional information: 

**  Cf. the photograph of the impression described and illustrated by Maurice Fréchuret (right).