Auguste Péquégnot engraved this continuation of Love according to the Masters, and gathered them in a collection of sixteen prints introduced by a frontispiece of his imagination. He chose to draw inspiration from the works of François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Huet, Annibal Carrache and Philippe Parizeau. These subjects of predilection are the "putti" or naked and chubby children - symbol of Love -, pastoral or mythological scenes of classical painting, and also feminine nudes.
These pleasant, fresh and spontaneous compositions were engraved by 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.
Like Caravaggio their contemporary , the role of Annibal Carrache (Bologna 1560-1609) in the evolution of European painting in the late 16th and early 17th centuries was both revolutionary and important. With Brother Agostino and his cousin Lodovico, he contrasts the artificial and refined tradition of an exhausted mannerism with the return to the direct study of nature and, at the same time, to the great examples of the art of the past. His work was not appreciated until the early 19th century.
Packaging: Transparent envelope "D'après les Maîtres" in a cardboard envelope 44 x 32 cm
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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