This original engraving is an Artists Proof, annotated EA on the lower left and signed Louttre B lower right. It is titled “Trois Amis” – Three Friends in pencil on the reverse side.
Dimensions: 11.5 X 16 inches (platemark size)
20 X 26 inches (full sheet size including margins)
Also known as: Louttre B
Marc-Antoine Bissiere was born in Paris in 1926, the son of the well known artist Roger Bissiere (1888-1964), who knicknamed him “loutre” (Otter). The two worked for many years side by side. The younger artist adopted the name Louttre B to distinguish himself from his father and establish his own identity.
Louttre B developed a unique print-making technique of combining woodblock and copperplates to achieve a three dimensional sculptural effect. These marvelous large format engravings stand off the page in light relief.
Louttre B eschewed the pure abstraction of his father for a more figurative style, which he called “figuration allusive”. He also created sculpture, stained glass windows, and tapestries.