What’s Berlin without Lesser Ury
Paris would be without Béjot
Paris – Béjot, Eugène (1867 Paris 1931). Le Pont Saint-Louis, Paris. View from the Île Saint Louis over to the tip of the Île de la Cité with La Morgue. Above the houses in the background the dome of Les Invalides. With charming scenery of people and carriages, on the Seine an excursion steamer. Etching. Inscribed lower right within the subject: Paris 1905 — / Eug Béjot. / Le Pont Saint Louis. 12 × 9¾ in (30.5 × 24.8 cm).
Laran 245 VI (of VI). – Published per annual portfolio 1906 by the Society for Reproducing Art in Vienna as internationally focussed spearhead for the experiments of the artists of Symbolism, Expressionism, and the Secession. – Typographic inscription in the lower margin: „Le Pont Saint-Louis, Paris.“ Originalradierung von Eugène Béjot. / Verlag der Gesellschaft für vervielfältigende Kunst, Wien. / Druck der k. k. Hof-& Staatsdruckerei, Wien.
Charming picture in brownish print
on heavy wove paper. – Vollmer (1953):
“ Painter-etcher, draughtsman and watercolorist … Influenced by Bracquemond … Superior portraitist of the old and new Paris which he scoured sketching indefatigably, accentuating the Seine as the leading motive of his recordings full of light and air. Besides Paris he brought town views from … to the copperplate in a way of topographic faithfulness as in a luminously living and in the selection of the motives brilliant kind … ”
Furthermore Glaser, Graphik der Neuzeit (1922) ; Thieme-Becker (1909) ; Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon (1994) :
“ There also is a number of print artists in Paris who generally keep to the English model and get their inspirations from the ‘painter-etchers’ … The best-known of these … would be Eugène Béjot … His main theme remained Paris … ”
“ His real model was Bracquemond. Only after the World Fair Paris 1900 his drawings and etchings were … admitted to the museums … B.s pet theme are views of Paris … With unerring stylus he has captured the recollection of numerous, meanwhile already disappeared points and most successfully taken the picturesque of the street views of the capital of France in his so personal technique ”
“ Originating from an old Paris family, he devoted his creativity essentially to his hometown. B. observes the architecture of cities situated on rivers with the eyes of a precise and excellent landscapist as Canaletto has been; mills and ships remind now and again of Johan B. Jongkind … and grasps each scene in its character, yet without making concessions to the painterly or anecdotal detail … B.s subject avoids romance, the spectacular and purely documentary. He seeks the character of the city, the invariable places, ‘the reminiscences of yesterday and visions of tomorrow’, as he states, in a meditative contemplation which dwells on that which is disappearing before our eyes. The Seine remains his favorite place; bridges, quays, embankments, and ships are observed minutely, while persons animate the scene only secondarily. Being careful about the light, he balances the space between fullness and emptiness with the exactness of a surveyor or architect ”
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