Auguste Lepere wood-engravings for sale

French, 1849-1918

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Fete Venitienne, sur la Seine (Paris) -  LEPERE

Fete Venitienne, sur la Seine (Paris)
Wood engraving, 1889, Lotz-Brissoneau 198; small edition. 8 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. Signed in the block and signed in ink, lower right. This is a fine "fume" impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are quite wide and appear to be full. The condition is very good apart from modest old paper hinges at the corners. The catalogue states that only a few signed proofs were ever done. This work was later illustrated in La Revue Illustree.
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Grapes -  LEPERE

Grapes
Wood engraving, 1908, edition of 35 published by Desmoulin in 1908. 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. Signed in ink lower right. This is a fine impression on thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. This is a tail piece from the suite of thirty-four wood engravings called La Foret de Fontainebleau. (See LB 156-161, 163-165, 204-227.)
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L'Sortie de l'Exposition de 1889 -  LEPERE

L'Sortie de l'Exposition de 1889
Wood engraving, 1889, Lotz-Brissonneau 197; edition of 15 8 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. Signed in the block and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on a cream Japanese paper. The margins are wide and appear to be untrimmed. This sophisticated work is a great visual document of Paris at the time of the 1889 Exposition. The Eiffel Tower is shown in the background at right. It was built as the entrance arch for the Exposition.
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La Cathédrale de Rouen -  LEPERE

La Cathédrale de Rouen
Wood engraving, 1888, Lotz-Brissonneau 177 (iii/III), edition 50. 20 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and titled in the block, lower right. ("Rouen...A. Lepere del. sc.") Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a very thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. This masterpiece of wood engraving is one of Lepere's finest cathedral studies. A similar impression, also from the edition of 50, is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
$2,750

La Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, rue de l'Estacade (Paris) -  LEPERE

La Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, rue de l'Estacade (Paris)
Wood engraving, 1890, Lotz-Brissonneau 216; from the edition of 15. 8 x 4 3/4 in. Signed in the block and signed in ink, lower right. This is a fine ("fume") impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are substantial (about 1/2" top and sides with 1" on the bottom). The condition is fine. This impression has the red stamp of the artist, lower left. (An inscription in ink by Lepere appears to state, "tire a 10Ep.")
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La Musique et la Poésie Secourant les Artistes -  LEPERE

La Musique et la Poésie Secourant les Artistes
Wood engraving printed in colors, 1909, Texier-Bernier 517 (iii/III), edition 45. 7 1/4 x 5 in. Signed in the block with the monogram, lower right. Signed and numbered in pencil, lower left, and signed with a printed signature, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on china paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good other than for a small paper disruption on the verso and remains old hinges showing on the right edges of the sheet. In this bucolic scene, an old artist is being consoled in his time of need.
$650

La Vallee de Franchard (Foret de Fountainebleau) -  LEPERE

La Vallee de Franchard (Foret de Fountainebleau)
Wood engraving, 1888, Lotz-Brissonneau 164; very small edition. 7 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. Signed in the block and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb "fume" impression in fine condition. The margins are full. According to L-B, it was hard to get fine impressions from this block and even the one used for cataloging purposes was not so good. La Vallee is described by Judith Pillsbury as "one of the most painterly of Lepere's wood engravings." (See her Catalogue #10, entry number 9.) Provenance: William Weston Gallery, London.
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Le Boulevard, pres du Vaudeville -  LEPERE

Le Boulevard, pres du Vaudeville
Wood engraving, 1889, Lotz-Brissoneau 201; proofs only. 7 x 5 1/2 in. Signed in pencil lower right and with "et" in pencil added by the artist (etat). This is a superb impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The condition is very good apart from subtle foxing here and there and minor wrinkling. The margins are wide and probably full. This is a rare proof of an early, undescribed state, before the blank area to the right of the standing figure and also to her left. The artist's red ink stamp (Lugt 141) is in the lower left corner. This image was never published in a formal edition and early proofs such as this are quite rare.
$900

Le Quai des Grands Augustins -  LEPERE

Le Quai des Grands Augustins
Wood engraving, 1886, Lotz-Brissoneau 148 (ii/II); edition 80 (only 20 with the red remarque) 10 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. Signed in the block and signed in pencil, lower right. This impression inscribed, "No.6", by the artist. This is a superb impression on Japanese paper. The margins are full. Apart from a subtle suggestion of foxing here and there, the condition is very good. This beautiful design is complimented here by the addition of the red remarque which is printed from a separate block.
$1,400

Les Fontaines Lumineuses -  LEPERE

Les Fontaines Lumineuses
Wood engraving, 1889, Lotz-Brissoneau 190; small edition ("quelques fumes") 9 5/8 x 6 1/2 in. Signed in the block and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on thin china paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. This block was cut with the assistance of Paillard and his name is also inscribed in the block, lower right. This work later appeared in the "Revue de l'Exposition.
$650


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