estampe avec un papillon
The yellow butterfly - 1902
Color etching by Gaston Eychenne. Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Département des Estampes, Paris.


Gaston Eychenne (more exactly Ey'chenne, a spelling fantasy which does not help spreading a name in the digital age) was born in a working-class family in Paris in 1873. His paternal grand-father was an Ariège peasant. Gaston received little official art education, but learned first from a family friend, then from an old miniaturist, Cournery (probably Louis Cournerie, 1820-1897). First working as a bank clerk for a living, he started a full-time artistic carrier around 1899, with the help of his friend Georges Godin. He devised original colour etchings of great delicacy which were published by Ch. Hessèle and exhibited at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1901 and 1902.

Eychenne died in May 1902 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

une estampe représentant trois anémones
Les anémones - 1899
Color etching by Gaston Eychenne, published by Ch. Hessèle. Former collection G. Mellerio.


Catalogue du salon de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1901 (BA1)
Catalogue du salon de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1902 (BA2)
A travers Cinq Siècles de Gravures 1350-1903, by Gustave Bourcard, 1903 (GB)
Catalogue de la première exposition de la Société de la gravure originale en couleur, 1904 (GC)
Inventaire du fonds français (IFF)

List of works

  • La carpe – color etching, 0.29x0.165, 15 impr. (EA)
  • Les anémones – three color etching, 0.275x0.14, 15 impr. (EA, GG)
  • Le papillon noir – a black butterfly, perched on tulips – color etching, 0.14x0.275, 15 impr. (EA)
  • Le dieu Pan – color etching, 0.105x0.14, 15 impr. (EA)
  • La jeune fille vêtue de noir (BA1, GG)
  • La marchande de pommes de terre (Audierne) – three plates, embossed and silvered (BA1)
  • Petite panthère (BA2)
  • Le papillon jaune – three plates, embossed and silvered (BA2, GB)
  • Les petites Legrand (GC, IFF)
For the tenuous connection between Ey'chenne and Brouet, see the following post.