FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Alphonse Legros, (1837–1911), British etcher, painter, sculptor and teacher of French birth. In 1855 he enrolled at the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts, Paris. During this period Legros had a taste for early Netherlandish art and for French Romanticism, which was later
superseded by his admiration for Claude, Poussin and Michelangelo. However, his devotion to Holbein proved constant. Legros began
etching in 1855; he preferred this medium and produced over 600 plates. Many of his early works are deliberately rough in execution.
Legros emerged as a leader of the younger generation of realists, notwithstanding his conspicuous dependence on Courbet. However, this
critical success brought no financial security, and in 1863 Legros visited London where he found admirers and patrons. Legros resolved
to remain in London. In 1876 Edward John Poynter recommended Legros to succeed him as Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School.
Legros occupied this position until 1893 and introduced etching and modelling to the syllabus. He was a founder-member of the Society
of Painter-Etchers in 1881 and of the Society of Medallists in 1885; the revival of the cast art medal was due almost entirely to his example.
With its classically inspired economy of form and design, Legros's interpretation of his realist subject-matter exerted a decisive influence
in England on the representation of peasant life in the 1880s. He had a taste for the macabre. In the etchings Death of the Vagabond and
Death and the Wood-cutter, these themes coalesce in a stark blend of realism and fantasy which is simultaneously elevated and humane.
Title: "La Charrette (The Cart)"
Portfolio: Gazette Des Beaux-Arts
Medium: Original Etching
Limited edition: Approx. 1,500
Sheet size: 10.75" x 6.75
Image size: 7.5" X 5.5"