reference: Beraldi 57
signature: plate signed lower right
About the Artist
Maxime Lalanne, the foremost contributor to the etching revival in France in the mid-to late1800s, frequently used his etchings as a vehicle to convey political statements. His images often depicted dramatically somber views of the industrial and slum areas of Paris during the Second Empire. A founding member of a society of etchers in 1862, Lalanne frequently published his work in the society's journal and in its prints series. Although his work as a draftsman is less known than his etching, he made many impressive and sensitive studies of both landscapes and cityscapes. He made prints after contemporary paintings for French art journals and published two instructional manuals, one on etching in 1866 and one on sketching in 1869.