An image of Le retour des artistes

Félix Buhot

(France 09 Jul 1847 – 26 Apr 1898)

Le retour des artistes

Location
Study room
Further information

Here is a fine impression of the final state of the print, 'Le retour des artistes', published in the 'Illustration Nouvelle' on 1 June 1877 and which Buhot ironically called ‘The last day of the condemned men’. The rainy scene depicts the return of the artists to the Champs-Elysées on the evening of the final day for sending paintings to the Salon, March 20 at 6pm, according to the inscription in the image. But the image conveys all that one could ask for in a Buhot Parisian image: rainy weather, umbrellas, horse-drawn cabs and the sense of a particular time and place fixed in the mind for all time.

Year
1877
Media
Print
Medium
etching, drypoint and aquatint
Dimensions
20.8 x 31.8 cm platemark
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., [incised plate] "...F. Buhot sc/ 21 mars 77 ['ars 77' printed in reverse]".

Credit
Gift of Iphy Kallinikos 2017
Accession number
117.2017
Provenance
Annandale Galleries, 1989, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Anne Gregory bought the print in auction, Drouot Paris in Sept-Nov 1989 and sold it to the present owner soon after.