Bretonne assise (Seated Breton Woman)

Bretonne assise (Seated Breton Woman)

Henri Delavallée (French, 1862-1943)

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  • This woman, posed regally before the rolling hills of the Breton countryside, wears the elegant white coif that identifies her as a citizen of the village of Pont-Aven.
  • A gifted printmaker, Delavallée used aquatint for the range of tones in the landscape, deep etching for the windswept effect of the trees on the left, and soft-ground etching to suggest the pattern of the woman’s apron.
  • The dedication at lower right is to Eric Forbes-Robertson, an English artist working in Brittany in the early 1890s.

Object Information

Henri Delavallée (French, 1862-1943)
creation date
about 1893
ink on paper, etching, soft-ground etching, and aquatint
9-3/4 x 7 in. (image)
14-3/8 x 10-7/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
signed and inscribed in pencil, below image, L.R.: à mon ami E.R. Robertson / cordialement / H. Delavallée
accession number
credit line
Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee
© Henri Delavallée/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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