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Jacques Beurdeley
Modern (19th century-1945) Graphic Arts
(Paris, France, March 3, 1874 - December 19, 1954, Provins, France)

A leading French engraver and etcher of the early 20th century, Jacques Beurdeley studied painting under Cormon and printmaking techniques under Eugene Carriere. His first etchings were published in Paris in 1903 and exhibited at la Societe Nationale and with the Artistes Francais. A master of both landscapes and city views, Beurdeley depicted scenes in France, Holland, Italy, Belgium and England. Most of his engravings and etchings were published in Paris in limited editions of fifty signed impressions. Scholars have often compared Beurdeley's etched art to that of either Corot or Meryon. By 1910, however, many of his engravings, particularly his scenes of Venice and Amsterdam, displayed an affinity to the later etchings of Whistler. Both artists began to explore modernist ideas concerning spacial concepts and strong contrasts of light and dark. These elements are clearly apparent in one of Beurdeley's finest works of art, Porche a Venice.

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