Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Bernard-Romain Julien’s lithograph, "Etude aux deux crayons N° 33, after Monvoisin"


Bernard-Romain Julien (1802–71)
"Etude aux deux crayons N° 33” (after Raymond Auguste Quinsac Monvoisin [1790–1870])
Lithograph on cool grey heavy wove paper (vellum)
Size: (sheet) 45.2 x 31.1 cm
Inscribed in the plate below the image with the artist's signature, the title and publication details: (lower left) "Paris (Mon.Elumont [?]) FRANCOIS DELARUE Succ, rue JJ Rousseau 10"; (lower right) "Imp. Lemercier a Paris / London pub. By Gambart, Junin 8 Cr [?], 25 Berners St. Oxf. St."

Condition: strong impression in excellent condition for its age but with surface dust and signs of handling. Verso has a light pencil drawing that traces the image recto and surface soiling.

I am selling this superb (and rare) lithograph exemplifying the highest order of drawing for a total cost of AU$136 (currently US$100.78/EUR91/GBP75.60 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this remarkable original lithograph, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


As is the case with most of Julien’s lithographs, this beautifully executed study of a saint was designed for budding artists to copy. Julien’s early training under Baron Antoine-Jean Gros (1771–1835) could have led him down the path following in the stylistic footsteps of his master as a grand history painter. Fame as a lithographer who could draw like an angel, however, led Julien on the different artistic trajectory. Like this print, Julien focused his considerable talent on executing highly finished images that lightly touched the imagination of a public that was eager to subscribe to ongoing publications of his lithographs..

This lithograph is based on a drawing by the French artist, Raymond Auguste Quinsac Monvoisin (1790–1870). Monvoisin’s reputation was forged when he travelled to Argentina and later briefly settled in Chile. In Chile, Monvoisin became the director of the newly created Chilean “Academy of Painting.” As a man of his time, Monvoisin invested in Chilean mines, established a ranch and was a fashionable painter in the local society. Sadly, when Monvoisin returned to France his fame in Chile did not return with him and he died in poverty at Boulogne-sur-Mer.




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