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Painting

"L'optique"   Peep Show

This is a very rare early French genre painting depicting a traveling vendor with his peep show in a country setting, with a mother and her children viewing the display titled "Le Vrai Jesus". Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches, overall frame size 41 x 36 inches, c. 1780s. This painting is unsigned, but it is exquisitely painted; the style and subject very reminiscent of the work of Louis Leopold Boilly (1761-1845). The painting was relined on aluminum and has some areas of inpainting, mostly the bottom edge and upper right, but overall is really quite presentable.

Print

L'Album d'Image
$1850.00
1872-1936, French

Etching with aquatint, image size 19 1/2 x 15 inches, 1903, pencil signed and notated "Epreuve Unique en Noir," meaning that this is the only proof printed in black ink before the plate was faced with steel and the edition of 65 was printed. Robbe studied at the Academie Julien and the Ecole des Beaux Artes, becoming a master of the aquatint medium. He developed much of his own aquatint techniques, which enabled him to create his uniquely painterly, richly colored images.

Drawing

Christmas Card 1934
1872- c.1950, American

Ink and colored pencil drawing, 1934, image size 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.