Manuel Robbe (French, 1872-1936)
Nocturne (ou Le Flirt)
[Merrill Chase, no. 63]*
Aquatint with etching in colors, circa 1906, on wove paper, signed in pencil in the image lower left. From the edition of about 100, with minor staining in the margins, not examined out of the frame.
Image Size: 13.5" x 17.5"
Frame Size: 24" x 27.5"
Robbe was a painter of genre scenes, a watercolorist, pastellist, engraver, designer and illustrator. He studied both at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux Arts in Paris where he was mentored in etching and aquatint methods by Eugene Delâtre. He exhibited in Paris regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français and was awarded a bronze medal in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. Leaving that salon in 1905, Robbe became a member of the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He chiefly worked in the medium of colored aquatint engravings in which he had become quite accomplished. He was an innovator of the experimental “à la poupée” process of printing many colors from a single plate which gave his prints a startling subtlety, each print having its own uniqueness.
Robbe’s favorite themes were of scenes of Paris life, scenes of streets animated by young parisiennes of the Belle Époque and young women and children engaging in the social activities of the day.
His prints were designed to be framed and hung on the wall just like oil paintings.
Benezit, E. "Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs"
*Manuel Robbe's works are catalogued and described by a series of soft covered books published by Merrill Chase Galleries in 1978, 1979, and 1980. These books serve as the recognized catalogue raisonné for Robbe.