"Late 18th Century French School Of Figurative Pastel Happy Motherhood In Russia"Late 18th Century French School of Figurative Pastel Happy Motherhood in Russia.
«Happy Motherhood in Russia.» Lovely late 18th or early century French school of figurative Pastel. Circa 1790-1810 on the manner of Jean Baptiste Le Prince.
Pastels on paper in perfect original condition with original gilt frame.
Measurements with frame: H 29.52 In. - W 33.07 In.
Jean Baptiste Le Prince (1734-1781).
September 17, 1734 – September 30, 1781.
It was an essential French etcher and painter.
Le Prince first studied painting techniques in his native Metz. He then traveled to Paris around 1750 and became a leading student of the great painter, François Boucher (1703–1770). Le Prince's early paintings in both theme and style are comparable to his master's rococo techniques.
In 1758 Le Prince journeyed to Russia to work for Catherine the Great at the Imperial Palace, St. Petersburg.
He remained in Russia for five years and also traveled extensively throughout Finland, Lithuania, and even Siberia. When Le Prince returned to Paris in December 1763, he brought with him an extensive collection of drawings which he employed as the basis for many beautiful paintings and etchings. J. B. Le Prince was elected a full member of the Académie de Peinture et de sculpture in 1765.
Le Prince's graphic art of Russia and its peoples is significant in that he based his compositions entirely upon his designs, lending a much more realistic portrayal to his views than other 18th-century contemporaries. He also credited with being the first artist (in 1768) to introduce aquatint into his etched and engraved plates. He may even have been the inventor of aquatint, the tonal graphic art that would later be so skillfully used by such masters as Goya, Louis-Philibert Debucourt, Delacroix and Thomas Rowlandson.