Printmaking was a family trade for Eugène Delâtre (1864-1938), who was practically raised in his father Auguste’s print shop. While Auguste Delâtre was already well-established as an etching press in the 1960s and beyond, he was not a very active artist, mostly known for monotypes. Young Eugène however learned printing techniques from his father quickly, and moved on to become one of the most talented color etchers of his time. While the shop continued to print all manner of etchings, Eugène Delâtre also perfected his drawing skills and his printing skills of multiple etched plates in superimposed colors. These works are small jewels of Belle Epoque printmaking. Later in life, Eugène Delâtre returned do drawing, mostly in ink, and to making watercolors.
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