Rigaud

Augusta RATHBONE
Date
1936
Description

Rigaud is a color intaglio, a combination of line etching and color aquatint, from 1936 by American printmaker Augusta Rathbone (1897-1990). It is pencil signed and editioned 1/2 on the recto and titled in the artist’s hand on the verso. Rigaud was printed in Paris by M. Alfred Porcabeuf on a sheet of cream wove paper and the platemark measures 10-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches.


Riguad is a an ancient hilltop village overlooking the Cians Gorge in the Alpes-Maritimes department of southeastern France. Rigaudum is cited in the 13th century as a fiefdom. Above the village is the ruins of its medieval fortress, a former command post of the Knights Templar. Rigaud was one of the four Templar settlements in the Var Valley. The population of Rigaud in 2008 was just over 200. Augusta Rathbone discovered and sketched the village on one of her many excursions throughout France.


In 1921, upon graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Augusta Rathbone continued her studies at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. She also studied with Lucien Simon and, for seven years, with the Spanish artist Claudio Castelucho y Diana. In 1927, at the suggestion of Nora Hamilton of Chicago, Rathbone began to concentrate on printmaking and took her plates to Monsieur Alfred Porcabeuf for printing. Her earliest intaglios featured the Sierra Nevada, urban scenes of New York and San Francisco, and the villages of the French Riviera. After World War II, Rathbone returned to Paris but in the face of prohibitive printing costs she taught herself how to print her plates.


Rathbone exhibited at the Salon de Nationale, Paris, in the spring of 1930 and 1931 and in the autumn salon of 1937. Her work was included in the exhibition American Color Prints at the Brooklyn Museum in 1933, and a solo exhibition of her work was mounted at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1940. She and Elizabeth Ginno showed together at the California State Library in Sacramento in 1952 and again, in 1954, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Rathbone's artistic affiliations included memberships in the California Society of Etchers, San Francisco Women Artists, American Artists Professional League, and the National Arts Club.


Augusta Rathbone's work is represented in the collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the de Young Memorial Museum, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Worcester Art Museum.



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