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Original print 1775, Massard after Greuze, Le Mère Bien Aimée, SIGNED IN INK BY ARTIST AND ENGRAVER, unframed
Jean Baptiste Greuze, Paris 1775 - This is a very rare and well documented print. It was engraved in 1775 by Jean Massard after a drawing by Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Greuze had produced a drawing specifically for the purpose of it being engraved, and in 1772 entered into an agreement with Massard to engrave the drawing as an exact copy of the drawing and to the same size. Each print from the engraving was to be signed on the reverse by both Greuze and Massard, as this print is (on the verso - see image) The Art Gallery of New South Wales has another copy of this print, and also the original drawing. The only other copy of which we are aware is in the British Museum. It may be presumed that only a few copies were made, and even fewer will have survived. We understand that Greuze made an earlier painting, which was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1769, very similar to this engraving. The painting was however a portrait of Jean-Joseph de Laborde and his family, commisioned by de Laborde, and it is not the model for this engraving (pace the British Museum). The painting is now in the Collection Laborde in Madrid. De Laborde was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution. The picture is in the typical style of Greuze (1725-1805), one of the foremost European genre painters. The art critic Diderot claimed that Greuze was "the first who has set out to give art some morals, and to organise events into series that could easily be turned into novels." Jean Massard (1740-1822) was a pupil of the King's engraver, Martinet. The condition of the print is not perfect. The print is on laid paper, as expected, and trimmed to within the platemark. The image is generally evenly toned, with some small dark patches. The lower edge of the print is damp stained. There are short tears at the margins at about 8 o'clock and 2 o'clock, and some worm holes on the father's right heel and at the bottom of the family group. Size of sheet 65 x 55 cm, image 62 x 48.5 cm. A great display piece and rare item. The print is unframed and will be sent rolled in a 4" tube unless it is requested to send it flat. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
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