Richard Ranft received his
introductory art classes from Gustave Courbet near
Vevey, Switzerland, where Courbet had been exiled
after the events of the Paris Commune. After this
initial artistic activity in his native Switzerland
however, Ranft mainly worked and lived in Paris.
Ranft started his painting career with meticulous
study of landscapes and the human figure. This served
him will in his ensuing interest in printmaking.
His prints mainly reflect an enthusiasm for Parisian
elegance and entertainment. However, he does not
shy away from the life of the lower class and even
shows signs of symbolist interest, having exhibited
at the 1892 Salon de la Rose-Croix.
some of his prints are interpretations of paintings
by Fragonard, Watteau, Gainesborough, Turner and
others. Most of his graphic œuvre was produced
circa 1900, printed in small editions of 25 or 50
by the Delâtre workshop and published by Edmund
From: Janine Bailly-Herzberg:
Dictionnaire de l’Estampe en France 1830-1950