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Sunset Glow, Summer Landscape In Evening Light By Whistler's Friend Delâtre, 19th Century Pastel On Paper


£550 | $675 USD | €634 EUR
Item Number: SA764957
Date of manufacture: 1890
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Skippings Fine Arts
This antique has been viewed 28 times in the past month with the most views from the United States.


An atmospheric "English" landscape by a rare artist, Auguste Delâtre.
Delâtre (1822-1902) was a pioneering printmaker as well as a draughtsman and painter. With a considerable reputation amongst artists, he printed plates by Haden, Jacque, Daubigny, Millet, Rops, Rousseau, and of course Whistler, among others. Francis Seymour Haden said that 'if Rembrandt lived now, he would send his plates to Delâtre'.
Delâtre's print shop became a meeting place for many notable etchers. The movement of Japonisme – the influence of Japanese art on occidental artists -is said to have begun there, by force of the Hokusai manga that he owned.
As a result of the efforts of Whistler and Seymour Haden, Delâtre was invited to England in 1864, to advise on the setting up of an etching class at the National Art Training Schools at the South Kensington Museum. In the siege of Paris in 1870, Delâtre's studio was destroyed by a shell, as were his works and equipment. He fled to London, setting up a business aided by Edwin Edwards. There he met up with other expatriate French artists such as James Tissot and Jules Dalou. He returned to Paris in 1876 and established a new studio in Montmartre.
I am delighted to be able to present a large original pastel on paper by the artist, depicting a summer landscape in evening light. Dated 1891, it bears an inscription on the back of the frame: “paysage anglaise”. And true – it does look like an English landscape! By 1891 however, Delâtre had long moved back to France. Did he return to England for a visit that year? Or had he simply taken on board the English landscape tradition, and made it his own? A past owner also noted the provenance of the pastel on the verso: the work was acquired at auction in Versailles in 1972, for the price of 500 new French Francs. To give you a point of comparison, a packet of 20 Gauloises Bleues cigarettes in 1970 cost ….1 franc 50, and a litre of country wine 1 franc 85 centimes!
Signed and dated at the lower right, the painting measures 34 x 51 cm. The overall framed size in a good frame with a deep mount is 47 x 64 cm.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1890.


Height = 34 cm (13.4")
Width = 51 cm (20.1")
Depth = 1 cm (0.4")

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