Morphine Addicts (Morphinomanes) - ALBERT BESNARD
Etching, 1887, Coppier 62,Delteil 65, only known state; edition unknown. 9 1/8 x 14 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a very fine impression printed with plate tone. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is fine apart from very slight lightening of the paper within an earlier mat opening. This very rare print is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in NY and is described as follows on their website, "Besnard's deeply incised etching lines cast his feline women in dark shadows and gave them a tragic accent. Melancholy, bored, and dramatically alluring (in a Gloria Swanson way), they help to define for us the decadence of the century."
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