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Anders Zorn: A Lifetime of Etchings

Wed, Aug 16, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 11

Anders Zorn "Paul Verlaine" Etching 1895

Estimate: $200 - $400

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Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920). Etching on paper titled "Paul Verlaine" either version I or II depicting the top half of the French poet, Paul Marie Verlaine, 1895. According to Asplund, this is a 2nd state printing. Pencil signed along the lower right. Signed and dated in plate along the lower left.

Karl Asplund, "Zorn's Engraved Work, Vol. 1" (Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: San Francisco, 1990), page 148, plate 94.
Loys Delteil, "Anders Zorn" (Le Peintre-Graveur Illustre, Paris, 1909), plate 93.

Asplund's book has three states written for this print, while Delteil has two states listed. The print's 2nd state is pictured in Delteil's book while Asplund has the 3rd state, but neither visually correspond with this listing. Since Delteil's book only lists two states, it can be deduced that it is older and was published without the knowledge of a third state existing. Visually, this etching appears to be an in between unknown state that is not written in Asplund or Delteil. According to Asplund's written states, this etching could be a possible 4th state that occurred in between the 2nd and 3rd states. Delteil displays "Paul Verlaine I" in its 2nd state that visually matches this etching but does not correspond to Asplund's version of 2nd state "Paul Verlaine I."

Image; height: 9 1/2 in x width: 6 1/4 in. Sheet; height: 16 3/4 in x width: 11 1/4 in.


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