La Normandie 1893
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
* 1824 in Lyon † 1898 in Paris
Lithograph in red brown on greyish Chine collé on ivory paper. Size of sheet: 59.7 x 43 cm.
Signed and inscribed 69, from the deluxe edition of 100 copies.
Literature Stein/Karshan 57; Druick 7; Roger-Marx, p. 200 (ill. full.).
Provenance L’Estampe originale (publication between 1893 – 1895), (Lugt 819); Henri-Marie Petiet (1894 Saint Prix – 1951 Paris).
Fresh impression printed on the full sheet. A new form of activism developed in France after the Sedan Battle (1870, Franco-German War) focusing on French local particularities and nationalist pride. It is in this context that Puvis de Chavannes created a set of allegorical paintings and lithographs of the French regions. Normandy is represented as a severe and classical figure, dressed as a milkmaid or a servant, sitting on one of the famous limestone cliffs at the sea. The lithograph depicts all the symbols of the Normandy.
However, by wearing the Phrygian cap, attribute of the French Republic, Normandy is also referred to as part of a whole nation. This print was executed in the same year as the painting by the same title, now in a private collection, Pennsylvania.
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