Enraptured by Color

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.


Announced Outstanding Academic Title 2019 by CHOICE.


Designed by Bonbon.

Authors & Editors

Philipp Dennis Cate

Julie Enckell Juillard

 was director of Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland, 2013–18. She is 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