Feb 12, 2015

The Game of Blind Man's Bluff

The Game of Blind Man's Bluff


Charles-Nicolas Cochin

(French, 1715-1790)

after Nicolas Lancret

(French, 1690-1743)


L. E. Holden Fund 1974.94

Catalogue raisonné: Bocher 42 / Fonds Français 18th siecle IV.640.259

State: I/III



Specially trained printmakers like Cochin reproduced and popularized other artists’ works in printed form. His free and spontaneous style of etching translates Lancret’s original painting with a lighthearted quality appropriate to this bucolic setting and fête champêtre, a festive outdoor party enjoyed especially by members of the French aristocracy. The fashionable garden’s rococo balustrade, with its cascading arrangement of nude statues, is reminiscent of Boucher’s fountain designs on view nearby.

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PR - Etching
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L. E. Holden Fund

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