Louise Ibels (1891-1965)
‘Théâtre Antique à Arles’
Etching and aquatint
Signed and titled in pencil to margin
3rd state proof
Approx. 39 x 25cm (plate)
A French artist known for her charming etchings, here she captures the romance of the Roman Theatre in Arles. Built at the time of Augustus (27BC-14AD) it had seating for 8,000 across thirty-three tiers of steps. During the early Middle Ages it was plundered for its stone to build the town walls. These days the only part of the rear wall of the stage that survives are the two columns depicted in the print. Re-emphasised by the presence of their shadow, the rest of the view disappears softly into the distant background.
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