Manuel Robbe, 1872 -1936
Born in Paris, Manuel Robbe has emerged as one of the most innovative printmakers working within the first decade of the 20th century. He studied at the Lycees Condorcet, the Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1900, he won the bronze medal at the Exposition Unviersalle. Robbe's subject matter consisted primarily of Parisian women of the middle class, farmers, fisherman and landscapes. His women are portrayed as the symbol of infinite charm - his landscapes are flooded with light and have the feeling of the great Impressionists. Louis Icart is one of the best known artists to work with Robbe. Robbe died in 1936 and was virtually forgotten for forty years until his work was revived in the late 1960's.