Enraptured by Color

Printmaking in Late 19th-Century France

Introducing color made a difference: French prints from the late 19th century.


Title Information

Edited by Laurence Schmidlin. With contributions by Phillip Dennis Cate, Julie Enckell Julliard, Gilles Genty, Cyril Lécosse, Laurence Schmidlin, and Valérie Sueur-Hermel

1st edition

, 2017

Text English and French


248 pages, 217 color illustrations

21.5 x 29 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-798-3

In cooperation with Musée Jenisch Vevey


In late nineteenth-century France, more than a century after the introduction of color in printmaking, color became a major factor in the market success of lithography and other printmaking techniques.

Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Musée Jenisch Vevey, Enraptured by Color offers a comprehensive compendium of color printmaking, with examples from all aspects of the trade. In a detailed introduction, curator Laurence Schmidlin takes readers through the process of producing a color engraving and explains the differences between color engravings and color prints. Additional essays, illustrated with rare documents and representative examples from the period, expand on the technical processes behind polychromy, or the use of several colors, and its effect on artistic production in France around 1890. Finally, the book explores, through a wealth of color illustrations, how color was exploited by important artists of the period, such as Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Paul Signac, Édouard Vuillard, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Authors & Editors

Philipp Dennis Cate

Julie Enckell Juillard

 is director of Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland. She is also a member of Switzerland's Federal Art Committee and has published widely, on the art of drawing in particular.

Gilles Genty

Cyril Lécosse

Laurence Schmidlin

 is curator of prints and drawings and deputy director of Musée Jenisch
Vevey, Switzerland.

Valérie Sueur-Hermel

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Odilon Redon, Béatrice, from L’Album d’estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard (1897), 1897. Collection particulière

Paul Gauguin, Arearea No Varua Ino (Les paroles du Diable / Devil's words), 1894. Collection particulière

Paul Cézanne, Les baigneurs (big plank), 2nd state (of 3), 1896–1897. Collection particulière

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Le chapeau épinglé, first plank, 1897. Collection particulière

Paul Signac (1863–1935), Saint-Tropez – Le port, plank for L’Album d’estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard never published, 1897–1898. Collection particulière

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, poster for the cabaret Le Divan japonais, 1893. Collection particulière

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Un Monsieur et une Dame, guide for L’Argent by Emile Fabre, 1895. Musée Jenisch Vevey, Collection Werner Coninx

Maurice Denis, cover of the serie Amour (1899), [1892–1898]. Collection particulière

Maurice Denis, Les attitudes sont faciles et chastes (trial proof), [1892–1898]. Collection particulière

Pierre Bonnard, poster for France-Champagne, 1891. Collection particulière

Edouard Vuillard, cover for L’Album d’estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard, never published, 2nd state (of 3), approx. 1899. Musée Jenisch Vevey – Cabinet cantonal des estampes, collection de l’Etat de Vaud

Edouard Vuillard, Intérieur aux tentures roses II, plank 6 of the serie Paysages et intérieurs (1899), 1898–1899. Musée Jenisch Vevey – Cabinet cantonal des estampes, collection de la Ville de Vevey

Paul-Elie Ranson, Tigre dans les jungles (trial proof), 1893. Collection particulière

Henri Riviere, Lancieux (Saint-Briac), plank 1 of the serie Paysages bretons (1890–1894), 1890. Collection particulière


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