Felix Buhot. Etching
Felix Buhot is often cited and producing the most original prints in France during the 19th century. Buhot was born in Normandy and moved to Paris in 1865 to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Buhot’s interest and talent for printmaking emerged in the 1870s.
Experimental techniques. National Gallery of Art, DC
Buhot printed a large number of intaglio prints, utilizing etching, drypoint and aquatint processes. He pushed the boundaries of the technique, achieving an amazing range of tones and line-work. He often printed several states before settling on a final image. His prints are often dark and atmospheric, making his prints as dynamic as a painting or drawing.
The Passage. Different states. Etching, drypoint.
A pier in England. Different states. Intaglio print
Landing in England. State iii/v. Intaglio print
Many of his etchings include a main image along with smaller vignettes or border filled with study drawings. While Buhot is not a household name like Degas, he is indeed one of 19th century France’s leading printmakers. His prints are in major museum collections around the world.