Dec 9, 2005

Étude de fleurs d'après nature: Spray of Flowers

Étude de fleurs d'après nature: Spray of Flowers

Date unknown


(French, 1739-)

Crayon manner etching

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in honor of Mrs. William G. Mather 1955.476

Catalogue raisonné: Dunthorne 236.268



Crayon manner etching was invented in the 18th century to simulate the texture of chalk drawings, which were very popular at the time. A tool with toothed points of varying thicknesses set at irregular intervals and angles (mattoir) imitated the random character of grains of chalk on textured paper. Etudes de fleurs d’après nature demonstrates how prints propagated floral designs that could be used in the applied arts. Artisans designing textiles or decorating furniture, for instance, were inspired by the compositions found on prints.

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