*Sale* Copper Engraving By L. Ruet ‘A General And His Aide De Camp’ c.1900 After Meissonier *Very Rare*


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Engraved Copper Plate By Mons L. Ruet ‘A General And His Aide De Camp’ c.1900 After Meissonier.

Reduced from £100 to £75 to £50 in stock clearance sale. (Last Reduction. Next Listing Will Be Off Sale)

A beautiful and intricately etched incomplete plate by Ruet depicting JL.E Meissonier’s famous painting of ‘A General and His Aide de Camp. Complete with iconic Ruet engraved Napoleonic soldier under image.

Framed and set behind glass it has the following statement written in one missing corner of the plate and on the back of the piece which explains the missing part (Also See Photos)…

‘The destroyed copper plate of “A General and His Aide De Camp” Etched by Mons L. Ruet after the painting by Meissonier. An edition of 300 impressions was printed from this plate after which it was destroyed.”

I have included images of both the produced print and the original Meissonier painting at the end of the photos below for reference, neither the produced print or painting are included in this sale.

Appriximate Size: Height 13″ (33cm) Width 14″ (36.5cm)

Approximate Item Weight: 1.870 Kg

Louis Ruet…

French, 19th – 20th century, male.Born 8 March 1861, in Paris.Engraver. Louis Ruet, a pupil of Le Rat, was president of the society of French etchers. He won gold medals and awards at salons and exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1881. In 2003, his work was represented in the exhibition held at the Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, Venus and Cain. His best known works are his etchings after Meissonier.

LE RAT, Paul Edme (1849 – 1892), Engraver

Born 10 September 1849, in Paris; died 1892, in Paris. Paul Edme Le Rat was a pupil of Lecoq de Boisbaudran and L. Gaucherel. He made his debut at the Salon in 1869 and was awarded a third-class medal in 1875 and a second-class medal in 1879.

Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier (21 February 1815 – 31 January 1891)

A French Classicist painter and sculptor famous for his depictions of Napoleon, his armies and military themes. He documented sieges and manoeuvres and was the teacher of Édouard Detaille.

Meissonier enjoyed great success in his lifetime, and was acclaimed both for his mastery of fine detail and assiduous craftsmanship. The English art critic John Ruskin examined his work at length under a magnifying glass, “marvelling at Meissonier’s manual dexterity and eye for fascinating minutiae”.

Meissonier’s work commanded enormous prices and in 1846 he purchased a great mansion in Poissy, sometimes known as the Grande Maison. The Grande Maison included two large studios, the atelier d’hiver, or winter workshop, situated on the top floor of the house, and at ground level, a glass-roofed annexe, the atelier d’été or summer workshop. Meissonier himself said that his house and temperament belonged to another age, and some, like the critic Paul Mantz for example, criticised the artist’s seemingly limited repertoire. Like Alexandre Dumas, he excelled at depicting scenes of chivalry and masculine adventure against a backdrop of pre-Revolutionary and pre-industrial France, specialising in scenes from seventeenth and eighteenth-century life.


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