"Les Voisins de Campagne (Country Neighbors)," c. 1878, etching by Félix Buhot.
It features a man and woman under an umbrella, trying to get to shelter in a rain storm. The path behind them is very wet, and a small black dog runs behind them. On either side of the path are columns and urns. Ahead of them is a large, dark house with a white fence.
"Les Voisins de Campagne Souvenir de Paise Normandie" is inscribed below image, and there are sketches along the left border. A red "FB" owl mark (the artist's stamp) is at the bottom center, with "504" handwritten.
Exhibition Label from The Collector's Eye, 2014:
Félix Hilaire Buhot (1847-1898)
Les Voisins de Campagne (Country Neighbors), ca. 1860-1898
The Max. B. and Lalla B. Arnstein Collection,19188.8.131.52
Though also a painter, Buhot was best known for his involvement in the revival of etching and engraving techniques in the late 1800s. He was experimental, often combining multiple engraving techniques to play with light and create atmospheric landscapes of snow, rain, or fog. He often produced sentimental views of his native Normandy, like this view of a couple in traditional dress-clogs, bonnet, and hat-hurrying home on a stormy night. A distinct character of most of Buhot's etchings is the "symphonic margin"-a border of supplementary illustrations around the central image, inspired by the marginal drawings in medieval manuscripts.
|Title||Les Voisins de Campagne (Country Neighbors)|
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Creator||Buhot, Felix Hilaire|
|Technique||etching | drypoint | aquatint|
|Dimensions||W-5.25 L-7 inches|
|Credit line||Max B. and Lalla B. Arnstein Collection|