Auguste-Louis Lepère

Auguste-Louis Lepère (Paris, November 30, 1849 - Domme, November 20, 1918) was a French painter and etcher. Auguste Lepère is also considered the leader in the creative revival of wood engraving in Europe. At age thirteen, Auguste Louis Lepère began his artistic education in the Paris studio of the engraver, Smeeton. By the mid 1870's, Lepère had clearly emerged as one of the most renowned printmakers of his time. Lepère focused mostly on daily life in both his etchings and wood engravings. He is now renowned for his innovations, such as the use of colored paper, or the combining of etching and wood engraving on the same print. The last years of Auguste Lepère's life were given almost exclusively to wood engraving. In total, his graphic oeuvre consists of over 150 etchings, over 200 wood engravings and 14 lithographs.
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