Musée No:218.017

Musée No:218.017

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The Bathers


Artist: William Morris Hunt 

Date: 1824–1879 

Morris Hunt was an American oil painter and sculptor born into a rich family in Vermont. Following the death of his father his mother moved the family to Europe in 1832. They lived in Switzerland, Rome and the south of France. He studied with Couture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and then spent two years with Millet (and no doubt Charles Francois Daubigny) at the Barbizon School. On his return to the States he set up several art schools, including one in Boston where he was a popular portrait painter.  He created the fashion for the American version of the Barbizon school style of luminous atmospheric painting. He painted some of his most beautiful canvases, reminders of his life in France and of Millet's influence. Sadly, many of Hunt's paintings and sketches, together with five large Millets and other art treasures collected by him in Europe, were destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872. His later works were predominantly of American landscapes including views of Niagara Falls in 1878. Later in the year Hunt got the chance of a lifetime, a commission to paint two huge murals at the New York Capitol in Albany. “The Allegories" were painted working from scaffolding 40 feet in the air, in only a few months, in an unheated building in winter directly onto a sandstone surface. Sadly the panels deteriorated because of the moisture from the stone – it is thought that this may have led to what happened next. Hunt became depressed and in September 1879 he went out for a walk on his own from the hotel on Isles of Shoals. Sometime later a search party was sent out and he was found drowned in a tiny pool in the centre of the island. Whether or not it was suicide from depression or just a very tragic accident due to his failing health and stability was never known. Three months after his death the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston hosted a memorial exhibit of Hunt’s work.

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None of our prints come with separate mounts. Some have a printed border which replaces the need for a mount, and some are borderless pieces. In either case the edge to edge size of the prints is 'A' sized as stated. If you should want a mount around your print, then you just need to buy a mount for the 'A' size you choose and then a frame to go with that.

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Our approach to printing is built on the ability to faithfully reproduce artworks using the finest inks and papers available today. A world away from mass produced posters we take pride in producing beautiful, affordable, fine art prints in-house, for discerning interior lovers everywhere.

Giclée Printing - In order to achieve this consistent, outstanding quality we produce every archival pigment print (alternatively know as giclée) to order using the same ink, paper and printing techniques used by museums all over the world. (Giclée is pronounced gee-clay with a soft G) Our archival giclée prints are loved for their vibrant tonal range and the handmade feel of their beautiful textured papers. The quality of a giclée print is far superior to all other forms of printing and when done authentically it is the closest reproduction printing method possible for matching to an original artwork.

Acid Free Paper - Each piece of Musée Art is printed to order on 312 GSM Paper. GSM is a measurement of the thickness of the paper. It is based on calculating the amount a sheet of paper would weigh, in grams, if it was exactly one square metre in size. Paper with a higher GSM will generally be thicker and therefore more difficult to crease or tear. Museum grade acid free papers are made from 100% cotton pulp rather than wood-based products. High quality cotton fibre paper is known to last hundreds of years without appreciable fading, discolouration, or deterioration due to the fact no chemicals are used in its production. Unlike wood based, mass produced alternatives,which will deteriorate, fade and change colour over time.

Inks - Archival pigment printing (giclée) uses inks which have longevity rates calculated at over 100 years. This printing technique must utilise eight or more different ink colours which are colour profiled to match the archival paper to achieve a perfectly colour accurate reproduction of the original piece of art. 

Mount Board - All Musée museum quality prints are professionally mounted on 2.4mm acid free art board ready to free stand or frame. Mounted prints also help to preserve the qualty of the edges and keep the prints perfectly flat with no risk of cockling. Cockling is the process by which a print starts to ripple due to changing levels of ambient moisture which are naturally present in the air in all our homes. Also, when you decide to either change your Musée artwork in your frames or swap them out for a new find, a Musée mounted print will stay flat and safe whilst in storage.

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312 gsm Paper

All muséee prints are reproduced on the finest quality 312 gsm museum archival acid free paper.

Mount Board

All Musée prints are mounted on acid free 2.4 mm mount board ready for
framing or free standing display.

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Cotton Rag

100% natural cotton based paper has a beautiful fine textured finish.