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Jean-Jacques de Boissieu (1736-1810) - 1797 Etching, Desert Monks

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A well known print by French artist and printmaker Jean-Jacques de Boissieu (1736-1810) after Francisco de Zurbarán.There is a monogram and date printed along the lower margin. The tile is also inscribed in plate and reads 'Les Peres du Desert'. Monogrammed in Plate.On chine-collé.


There is foxing present, mainly confined to the edges of the paper, as shown in photos. There are losses to the right edge and along the bottom margin, but this does not affect the main image.


42.1 x 29.8cm (16.6" x 11.7")
Sheet: 50.8 x 37cm (20" x 14.6")
Plate: 34.5 x 49cm (13.6" x 19.3")

Artist Biography

A largely self-taught artist, Jean-Jacques de Boissieu toured extensively in Europe before settling in his native Lyons. On his travels, Boissieu developed a particular interest in landscape painting and spent as much time sketching outdoors as he did studying in museums. Boissieu was of fragile health and could not tolerate the strong odor of turpentine used in oil painting; instead he focused his energies on engravings and drawings in ink and wash.

A great admirer of Rembrandt van Rijn, Boissieu approached engraving with the idiosyncratic touch of the draftsman: Atmospheric and tonal effects took precedence over sharp lines and absolute clarity. Boissieu's engraved landscapes are bathed in light and shadow and populated with the rural figures and architectural forms characteristic of Dutch landscape painting.

Boissieu achieved great commercial and critical success during his lifetime; artists and dignitaries passing through Lyons often visited his studio. With the wider distribution of his prints in the 1800s, Boissieu's reputation continued to grow and his work was an important model for printmakers across Europe including Félix Bracquemond, Félix Vallotton, and Adolph von Menzel.

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Code ps951
Artist Jean-Jacques de Boissieu (1736-1810)
Date 1797
Dimensions 42.1 x 29.8cm
Framed No
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Religious
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