Meulen, Adam Frans van der (Brussels 1632 – Paris 1690). La Chasse. The hunt on wolf and stag in deeply staggered woodlandscape reaches its climax. Pack as horsemen catched up with the game. In front the wolf, deeper in the scene the stag. Etching by Andries Frans Bauduins (Dixmuijde 1640 – Paris 1700). 12⅝ × 18 in (32 × 45.8 cm).
Nagler, Monogrammisten, I, 562. – Small brown spot in the right image margin scarcely perceptible from recto. The wide white margins here and there quite weakly browned and waterstained.
The whole excitement + suspense of the moment is conveyed in this leaf
with royal privilege on heavy laid paper with watermark Great crowned Double Eagle, similar to Briquet 942, and white margins up to 9 cm wide.
Bauduins’ “leaves … are etched in a free style and of good effect” Nagler judges generally. Those after his teacher van der Meulen worked from an especially intimate knowledge of the work.
Van der Meulen himself founded his fame in the employ of The Sun King to whom Colbert had called him. He
“ … just arrived at Paris at that time when Louis XIV marched to the Low Countries and the artist had to accompany him to depict the victories of the king. He painted … all lucky successes by the king, all this in an own scenic manner ”
Watelet brings the latter up, too, by stressing “the easiness of the foliage, the freshness of the landscape, and the lucky distribution of the masses”. And Bauduins’ leaves reflect this charm.
Offer no. 14,411 / sold
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