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Albert Decaris
Venus and her Maid Engraving Copper Plaque by Albert Decaris

circa 1930

$2,900

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Exceptionally rare, an authentic copper plaque for etchings designed by Albert Decaris (1901 - 1988). This very finely carved plaque features Venus and her maid. The details of the background show a very lush tropical landscape with a sea bay, boats, characters of secondary importance, and a town or village on the hillside. The engraving work of the copper plaque is used to print the etchings and is the only work that is made by the artist himself. Once the plaque is completed, it is mounted on a print machine that engraved the paper sheets, it is only then that the artist hand-signs the proofs. For this reason, this plaque is unmarked. Decaris was the best and most notorious French engravers of the 20th Century, with a strange mix of classicism and audacity. He created a major oeuvre of original engravings and etchings, both as individual plates and as illustrations for "Livres d’artistes" (art books). In the 1930s, Decaris began carving postal stamps, resulting in more than 500 such vignettes. At the same time, Decaris was preparing large plates, mostly for his own pleasure, on a wide variety of subjects: careful (almost technical) representations of monuments and places of interest, scenes of history, real-life or imaginary; scenes of mythology or imagination, verging on surrealism; mere caricatures, with a sense of humor. Contemporary framing with blackened carved wood frame and beige suede matte. Measurements: With frame: 22.63 in. wide (57.5 cm) x 25.38 in. high (64.5 cm) Plaque size: 15 in wide (38 cm) x 17.94 in. high (45.5 cm).

Details

  • Artist
    Albert Decaris (1901-1988, French)
  • Creation Year
    circa 1930
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.4 in. (64.5 cm)Width: 22.64 in. (57.5 cm)Depth: 1.19 in. (3 cm)
  • Medium
    Copper
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Light natural oxidation on the copper plaque.
  • Gallery Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 2E3061stDibs: LU121226883002

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    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
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