Jan 20, 2016

Andromeda (Andromède)

Andromeda (Andromède)

1734

François Boucher

(French, 1703-1770)

Etching

Support: Antique laid paper

Sheet: 32.5 x 23.5 cm (12 13/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2016.7

Catalogue raisonné: Baudicour 42, state I/IV

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Description

Late in life Boucher became Louis XV’s premier painter, but he began his career working as an etcher, tasked with reproducing drawings by other artists. Boucher’s effortless etching style is a testament to his excellent draftsmanship, a skill that served him well not only as a painter but as a designer of tapestries, ceramic figurines, and other decorative goods. Here, in one of his own compositions, Boucher portrays the climax of the Greek myth when Perseus swoops in to rescue the princess Andromeda, who was chained to a rock cliff as a sacrifice to the sea monster Cetus.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Etching
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Etching

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