BiographyLalanne's print debut was in 1853—in lithography rather than etching. Lalanne began etching for Alfred Cadart in 1862 as one of the founding members of Cadart's 160-member Société des Aquafortistes (formed in September 1862), and his work was among the first published and distributed by the Société – Rue des Marmousets (published in November 1862 as plate 15). Lalanne made his etching debut at the Salon in 1863, submitting three street scenes (all of which would appear in Cadart publications).
Lalanne's etchings struck a chord. He received awards from the Salon for etching in 1866, 1873 (3éme classe), 1874 (3éme classe) and was decorated as Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1875. He was also knighted as Chevalier of the Order of Christ by King Fernando of Portugal (who, perhaps not surprisingly, was one of the 160 members of Cadart's Société des Aquafortistes).
Lalanne arrived on the scene at an opportune moment, for both himself and for the Cadart publishing house. During the 20 year period in which they worked together (from 1862–1881), Lalanne produced over 145 etchings, and the Cadart house issued over 80 of them (often more than once) in numerous Cadart publications.
While the impressionists were rebelling against artistic convention and the Salon, Lalanne remained ever faithful to it, and the Salon accepted and exhibited over 120 etchings by Lalanne from 1863-1886. It was because of this loyalty (and the resulting friendships) that Lalanne continued to be a member of the jury of the Salon, for painting, even (according to Marionneau) after illness prevented his full participation.
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