18th Century Engraving The Landscape Painter after Francois Boucher Oil Painting by Johann Georg Hertel the Elder c. 1760


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The Landscape Painter is an original 18th century copperplate engraving after the painting of the same name by well known French painter Francois Boucher - (1703–1770). The engraving by German engraver Johann Georg Hertel the Elder - (1700–1775) is signed in the plate with the names of the engraver and the painter.

Title: The Landscape Painter
Artist: Francois Boucher - (1703–1770) - French artist; Johann Georg Hertel the Elder - (1700–1775) - German engraver.
Technique: Engraving on a copper plate.
Signature: Identified under the image with the name of Boucher as painter on the left and Hertel as engraver on the right.
Date: c. 1760
Edition: Limited Edition
Dimensions: Sheet size - 11-3/4 x 16-3/4 inches, Image size - 9-1/2 x 12-3/4 inches.
Condition: Overall Good condition with a few condition issues. Two tears in the left margin were repaired probably in the 1800s with a piece of handmade paper glued to the back. There is a soft crease across the middle where it was folded at one time, some soiling in the margins, and a small piece missing from the lower left margin. (Please look at the photos.)
References: This print is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and can be seen on their website. The original painting from which this engraving was made sold at a Christie's auction in 2018 for $1,692,500.00.
Printing: A strong impression printed in black ink on natural handmade paper.
Presentation: Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic sleeve.
Description: This is an excellent engraving after the oil painting by Francois Boucher. This plate shows a young painter at work in his studio watched by a boy holding a portfolio, a woman with a baby, and a young man who has stopped his wood carving project to watch. This is a very charming work that captures the spirit of the Boucher painting. The text below the image is in German and Latin.

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Francois Boucher was a prolific painter in all genres as well as a designer for the theatre, and for tapestries, book illustrations and porcelain figures. His first commission for the king was in 1735. The king's mistress, Madame de Pompadour, was Boucher's chief patron from 1750 until her death in 1764.

Boucher was born in Paris and trained probably by his father and then briefly by François Le Moyne. He studied the work of Watteau and won the Prix de Rome at the Academy in 1723. He visited Italy in 1728-31, and studied the work of the great Italian decorators. On the death of Carle van Loo in 1765, Boucher became First Painter to the King and Director of the Academy.

Although best known for his erotic pastoral and mythological scenes, Boucher was also the author of altarpieces, genre scenes, portraits and accomplished landscapes in which the influence of 17th-century Dutch painting is clearly apparent.

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