The old oak tree, etching, aquatint, drypoint in color/heavy wove paper, 1907.
Jean-François Raffaëli began his active life as an actor and singer under the name Raffa, but at the same time attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Close to the artists of his time, the witnesses of his marriage were Albert Bartholomé and Edgar Degas.
Degas invited him to the impressionist exhibitions, but was then excluded to join the XX group in Brussels.
He had a brilliant career and became rich, buying a mansion in the rue de Courcelles where the Parisian elite frequented.
He founded in 1904 the Society of the original engraving in colors.
Dimensions frame : width : 89.5cm height : 78.8cm