Etching and aquatint
sheet, 22 3/8 x 17 3/8in (56.8 x 44.1cm)
plate, 16 x 11 1/4in (40.6 x 28.6cm)
Gift of Janet and Joe Westheimer in honor of the 60th anniversary of the McNay Art Museum
This print provides fascinating context for one of the masterpieces of the McNay's print collection, Mary Cassatt's In the Omnibus. Both works epitomize the perfection of color etching in France at the end of the 1800s and each owes a debt to Japanese art, particularly in their color palettes. It is their subject matter, however, that really links the two. Cassatt's image shows the interior of an omnibus, an early form of public transportation. Henri Boutet captures the tumult of a sudden downpour at an omnibus station outside the gates of the Louvre. One of the vehicles, lit from within, can be seen in the background of the composition.
Henri Boutet (French, b.1851, d.1919)