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Trials in etching with aquatint, Carlos de Haes

Trials in etching with aquatint, Carlos de Haes

Inv. No. CE4/02568

This is an album of landscape formatted prints titled, ‘Ensayos del grabado al agua-fuerte’ by the landscape painter, Carlos de Haes (1829-1898). The album consists of a printed hard cover that is inscribed “ENSAYOS de Grabado al agua-fuerte por C.de Haes”. It also has a title page with the portrait of Carlos de Haes drawn by his student, Ricardo de los Rios. It also has a frontispiece with a printing of the same inscription as the hard cover, and 54 prints of landscapes that are signed with the monogram of Haes (CH). The collection is dated 1862.

Portrait of Carlos de Haes

Three different editions of copper plates are known to exist: the first around 1860, the second at the artist’s death in 1898, and the third at the beginning of the 20th century. It is likely that the museum edition corresponds to the last one, although it does not exactly coincide with the description provided by the Catálogo de Estampas del Museo del Prado. The National Library of Spain also holds an edition of the album containing a title page and 53 prints.

Born in Belgium, Carlos de Haes was a renowned landscape artist whose work fits the characteristics of the Realism movement. In 1857, he became a professor of landscape painting at the Escuela de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando de Madrid, teaching students such as Jaime Morera, Aureliano de Beruete and Dario de Regoyos.

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