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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Louis Marin Bonnet's crayon-manner etching, “Standing Male Nude”, c1755, after François Boucher


Louis Marin Bonnet (1736–1793)

“Standing Male Nude” (aka “Staande naakte man” [Rijksmuseum title]), c1755, after the intermediary drawing by François Boucher (1703–1770), after Augustin Pajou (1730–1809), published by François Chéreau II (1717–1755) in Paris.

Note: I assume the portrayed subject is the mythological figure, Hercules, as he rests his arm on his enormous club draped with a lion skin. At present, I have been unable to locate Pajou’s original study upon which Boucher based his intermediary drawing, but for those interested seeing the sculptor’s other artworks, MetPublications generously offer free downloads of the publication, “Augustin Pajou: Royal Sculptor, 1730–1809” (1997): https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/augustin_pajou_royal_sculptor_1730_1809

Etching in the crayon manner printed in sanguine coloured ink on heavy laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 60.4 x 41.2 cm; (plate) 55.5 x 37 cm.
Numbered on plate above the image: (left corner) “No. 44.”
Lettered on plate below the image: (left) “Dessiné par F Boucher / Tiré du Portefeuille de Mr. Pajou / Sculpteur du Roy.”; (centre) “Dédié a Monsieur Boucher Peintre du Roy / AParis chés la ve. De F. Chereaurue St. Jacques aux 2. Piliers d’Or”; (right) “Gravé par L. Bonnet. / Par son tres humble et très / obéissant Serviteur Louis Bonnet.”

Ref: Jacques Hérold 1935, “Louis-Marin Bonnet (1756-1793): Catalogue de l'Oeuvre Gravé”, Paris.

See the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:

See a similar crayon-manner nude by Bonnet at Invaluable Auctions:

Condition: richly inked and near faultless impression in excellent condition with margins and backed with a conservator’s support sheet of fine archival/millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this magnificent large etching executed by the inventor of the “crayon-manner”—a printmaking technique designed to mimic the textured stroke of a chalk drawing—for the total cost of AU$315 (currently US$218.48/EUR195.51/GBP173.02 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this very rare print in superb condition for its considerable age, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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