Etching, in a style that exhibits both the fine detail and subtle shading techniques of Rembrandt, the subject matter three human heads, one head of a goat, and one, a ram, by the French draftsman, etcher and engraver, JEAN-JACQUES DE BOISSIEU (1736-1810). The print, 6 1/4" by 8" inside the blue mat (10 1/2" by 13 1/2" framed), is signed at lower center just with initials, the "DB" conjoined, and is dated there 1803. De Boissieu was born in Lyon in eastern France and is closely associated with that city. Essentially self-taught, he is known for his wash and ink drawings and prints (according to information on the net courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, he had health issues that were aggravated by exposure to turpentine, accounting for his avoidance of the oil painting medium). Favorite subject matter is the countryside of Holland, the Roman countryside, and landscapes in the vicinity of Lyon. Original drawings sell for five figures at auctions in Europe. This print is generally clean. It is taped on the reverse to the mat.
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