Auguste Péquégnot engraved this series of Figures of Women according to the Masters, and collected them in a collection of sixteen prints introduced by a frontispiece of his imagination. He chose to be inspired by the works of François Boucher essentially.
These women are staged with some decorative elements: a vase, a drapery, a dove, but the engraver wanted to make an observation of the postures, attitudes that emphasize femininity and its mysteries. Péquégnot who, wishing to suggest a drawing, used the soft varnish technique allowing him to reproduce on copper the graphic effects of pencil on paper. These prints are usually printed with a red-brown-sepia ink that seeks to approximate the visual warmth of the blood drawing.
Trained in drawing in Brussels with his father, Charles Eisen arrived in Paris in 1741 in the workshop of an engraver where he mainly practiced book illustration and specialized in vignette art.
He taught drawing and engraving of the marquise de Pompadour. A man of talent and good manners, he was soon admitted to the court. He became painter and draughtsman of the king and professor at the Academy of St. Luke. He was disgraced for an indelicacy on his part against Louis XV himself and returned to Belgium to take refuge.
Packaging: Transparent pouch "According to the Masters" in a cardboard envelope 44 x 32 cm
Provenance: Legs of Louise Clémentine Houssard Péquégnot, the engraver's wife.
Height: 33 cm
Width: 25 cm
Museum: Paris - Louvre museum
Artistic trends: 18th century, Decorative arts, 19th century
Artists: François Boucher (1703-1770), Auguste Péquégnot (1819-1878)
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