Lalanne was “the foremost contributor to the etching revival in France in the mid- to late1800s,” according to the Getty Museum. He was a founding member of the French Society of Etchers in 1862 and published the how-to “bible” on the printmaking technique, A Treatise on Etching, in 1866. The latter had a profound influence on artists in France, England and America, contributing to a revival of etching that lasted through the turn of the century.
Lalanne was born in Bordeaux and came to Paris in 1852. His first prints were lithographs, and our etching, Rue des Marmousets, was his first etching. It shows a street in the 13th Arrondissement, now running between the Boulevard Arago and the Rue des Gobelins. But Lalanne’s street is the Rue des Marmousets before Paris was transformed by Baron Haussmann during the reign of Napoleon III. It is the Paris that retained its medieval character until the middle of the 19th century. As the Getty puts it, Lalanne’s “images often depicted dramatically somber views of the industrial and slum areas of Paris during the Second Empire.”
Lalanne, as did Daubigny, produced around 150 prints. He continued working up until his death, even though he had a crippling bone disease.
Rue des Marmousets (Vieux Paris)
etching, with lettering
signed in the plate, l.r.
titled l.c., plate
10 1/4 x 7 inches (plate)
15 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches (paper)
© 2017 Warren and Julie Payne