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French Original Tinted Etching "Quay on the River Dyle" by Ferdinand Jean Luigini /Sidney Z. Lucas Trademark /Circa 1920's 30's

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Posted 1 year ago


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I've been finding a lot of nice art work lately.Mid -century oils and prints. I usually don't post them because they are hard to photograph and there is no category for them on CW (at least oil paintings.) The one I found today is actually by a known artist "Ferdinand Jean Luigini" so I thought I'd post it. It's complete in it's original frame and for once no one tried to open it. The mat is a bit yellowed but that really doesn't bother me. All the labels are there which is great. Seems to be original. Signed in pencil on the etching by the artist. Numbered on the tag ,but no date. Title says Ostende Belgium, but "Quai Sur La Dyle" is the proper title. Most of these were done in the 20's and Luigini died in 1943. So I figured he had to be alive to sign this. It looks like an authentic signature. It appears to have been bought in France with it's mat and then framed here in good old Cleveland Ohio. A nice find and worth a bit too ! -Mike-

Artist Bio and History:

Ferdinand-Jean Luigini (1870-1943) studied art in Paris under Emile Verhaeren. He began exhibiting his landscapes and architectural renderings in Paris in 1892 with the Salon des Artistes Francais. Within several years his art was regularly shown in London, Brussels, Amsterdam and New York.
Ferdinand-Jean Luigini was equally famous for both his large colour aquatints and for his watercolours. One contemporary scholar wrote, “Ferdinand Luigini, a brilliant watercolour artist, succeeds in lending his etchings the fascination of glowing pictures. The deep rich tones are obtained by very careful biting. His style varies with his subject. Some of his plates ... show the broad sweep of the painter’s brush bent upon rendering the atmosphere of large spaces. ... His most successful plates portray the autumnal aspects of Flemish landscape. * These words clearly apply to this large, beautiful aquatint and etching.
The artistry of the original aquatint and etching printed in colours reached its most creative era in the 1920’s decade. Fine artists throughout Europe and America produced outstanding work in this demanding medium, however, etchers in Austria and France led the way. Famous Austrian artists of the period included Luigi Kasimir, Max Pollack and Hans Figura. Some of the many great French artists were Raffaelli, Manuel Robbe, Helleu, Armand Coussens, Gustave Henri Marchetti and Ferdinand-Jean Luigini.


  1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
    Found some more info on where this print was made:

    Beginning in the 1920s and lasting until the 1960s, Sidney Lucas owed The Old Print Center in New York and ran a gallery named the Camilla Lucas Gallery, named after his mother. He was in the business of both wholesale art publishing and retail art sales, dealing with modern and contemporary prints as well as reproductions of prints.

    As another venture, Lucas formed the Paris Etching Society, where he traveled to Europe and commissioned prints by primarily French and Flemish artists. These were all original, hand-colored aquatints or etchings and they were usually signed, and sometimes titled, in pencil by the artists. Supposedly the runs for these prints were between 350 and 500. These prints can be identified either by a “Paris Etching Society” imprint or the initials “SZL” inside a triangle or circle.
  2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
    I bought this in place of the two that got away. Went back for them the other day and they were gone. This one was there and I snapped it up. Plenty of documentation on the back. Here again you would never figured out this signature was F.J. Luigini. Maybe eventually ,but he is well known and this is probably worth more than the two I missed out on. My thought is there's always something else out there just have to find it.

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