The Indiscretion

The Indiscretion

1788

Jean François Janinet

(French, 1752-1814)

after Nicolas Lavreince

(Swedish)

Color wash-manner engraving and etching

Support: Laid paper with watermark

Sheet: 57.6 x 43 cm (22 11/16 x 16 15/16 in.); Platemark: 48.3 x 36.2 cm (19 x 14 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2001.18

Catalogue raisonné: Portalis and Béraldi 41, Bocher 30 (Inventaire du Fonds Français 28, state III/IV)

State: II/III

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Description

The Indiscretion is from a suite of three scenes of women sharing secrets in the privacy of their boudoirs. The woman wearing a decadent hat has taken a love letter from the girl in white, who pleads with her older companion to give it back. Janinet refined the tools used in chalk-manner printmaking to create wash-manner etchings and engravings that imitate opaque watercolors, such as The Lover’s Visit and The Surprised Lovers on view nearby.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Lavis manner
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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