Son of the printmaker Tony Beltrand, Jacques Beltrand (1874-1977) far surpassed his father’s fame.  And while his brothers Camille, George and Marcel were also printmakers, it is Jacques, the eldest, who truly made a name for himself.  Trained in both wood engraving and woodcuts, he became extremely skilled, admired even by Auguste Lepère, who was the authority in Paris circa 1900.  Jacques Beltrand liked to work in color, or in shades of the same tone in different hues (in French en camïeu).  His subjects are varied: landscapes, city views, elegant life and portraits.  But what dominates is a vast output of religious imagery.  His style was clearly marked by the art deco movement, without truly being part of it.

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