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Lairesse, Gerard de (1641-1711)
Le grand livre des peintres, ou l'art de la peinture, considéré dans toute ses parties, & démontré par principes; avec des réflexions sur les ouvrages de quelques bons maîtres, & sur les défauts qui s'y trouvent.Auquel on a joint les principes du dessein du même auteur. Traduit du Hollandois sur la seconde edition. [Translated by Hendrik Jansen]
[Pierre-Nicolas de Lormel for Nicolas-Léger] Moutard, Paris, 1787. 2 volumes, 4to (272 x 212 mm.), pp. xxii, 527, [1 blank]; [4], 662, [2]; 35 engraved plates (3 folding), engraved under the direction of Robert Bernard; a few woodcut head- and tail-pieces; original boards, entirely untrimmed, printed paper label on spine of volume 1 (paper backstrips worn, exposing cords, volume 2 label perished), pastedowns and spine liners of printer's waste, inserted manuscript sheet with a pen-and-ink elevation of a building on recto and a list of jokes in French on verso. Untrimmed, unpressed, and in the original publisher's boards: an unusual and compelling copy of the first edition in French of the Groot Schilderboek, a comprehensive manual of art theory and technique for aspiring artists by the Golden Age Dutch painter. Known as the "Dutch Poussin" for his classical French style, Lairesse's success as a painter of grand historical and mythological scenes for the palaces of the Amsterdam elite was cut short by blindness before he turned 50, probably a result of congenital syphilis. To the same disease, diagnosed in the twentieth century on the basis of Rembrandt's famous portrait, Lairesse showed physical disabilities that his personal charm and talent rendered irrelevent. When no longer able to paint, he turned to writing. In his art theoretical works Lairesse preached the superiority of the classical tradition. First published in Amsterdam in 1712, the "Great book of painters" provides comprehensive technical instruction for artists, treating portraiture, composition, the applicati … [Click Below for Full Description]
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