18th Century French Prints
Winter 2011
Cover Image: Louis-Marin Bonnet, Head of Flora, 1769, engraving

Nicolas de Launay (1739-1792)
Les Hazards Heureux de l'Escarpolette, 1782
Lucky Chances of the Swing
Etching after Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)

Philibert-Louis Debucourt (Paris 1755-1832 Paris)
La Promenade Publique (3rd State), 1792
The Public Promenade
Etching, engraving and aquatint in yellow, blue, red and black inks from four plates

Charles-Melchior Descourtis (Paris 1753-1820 Paris)
Noce de Village, 1785
Village Wedding
One of a number of etched and engraved color proofs

Antoine-Jean Duclos (Paris 1742-1795 Paris)
Le Bal paré, 1774
Dress Ball
Etching after Augustin de St. Aubin (Paris 1736-1807 Paris)

Jean-Honoré Fragonard
L'Armoire (2nd State), 1778
The Armoire

Jean-François Janinet (Paris 1752-1814 Paris)
Portrait of Marie Antoinette (3rd State), 1777
Etching and engraving printed on two sheets

18th Century French Prints

February, 2011

This exhibition focused on a number of exceptional printmakers in eighteenth century France who succeeded in expressing the unique esprit of that period. To be understood and appreciated, the works they created have to be considered within the historical context which began with the death of Louis XIV in 1715. Included are works by Bonnet, Debucourt, Duclos, Fragonard, Moreau, and Scotin (after Watteau).