Sardine Fishermen Departing for Tréboul, from Breton Landscapes

Paysages Bretons: Départ de Sardiniers à Tréboul

(French, 1864–1951)
Support: Japanese laid tissue
Sheet: 35 x 52.2 cm (13 3/4 x 20 9/16 in.); Image: 23 x 35.1 cm (9 1/16 x 13 13/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Fields, p. 82, XXXIX; Sueur-Hermel 60
Edition: 20
Location: not on view
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This print belongs to a series made after one of Henri Rivière’s many trips to the rural French coast in Brittany. The subject and flattened perspective of the image, which depicts sailors preparing to harvest fish, were deeply influenced by Japanese woodblock prints. Rivière deliberately emulated the techniques of these works, carving individual blocks for each color that were carefully aligned and separately printed using traditional Japanese tools. Because of this work’s especially complicated composition and color palette, its creation required a total of 12 blocks.
Sardine Fishermen Departing for Tréboul, from Breton Landscapes

Sardine Fishermen Departing for Tréboul, from Breton Landscapes


Henri Rivière

(French, 1864–1951)
France, 19th century

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