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Jamblichos – Cassas, Louis François (Azay-le-Ferron, Indre, 1756 – Versailles 1827). Mausolée d’Jamblichus. Interior with two figurines in the entrance, above the epitaph with the deceased resting supporting himself and surrounded by three genii or pupils, probably of the neoplatonic philosopher Jamblichos from Chalkis, teacher in Apameia (c. 250-325 or c. 280-330/337). Etching by Jean de la Porte (b. c. 1760), completed with the chisel by Pierre Gabriel Berthault (St. Maur 1737 – Paris 1831). (1799.) Inscribed: Dessiné par L. F. Cassas. / Gravé à l’eau forte par de la Porte. / Terminé par Berthault. 18⅛ × 11⅝ in (46 × 29.4 cm).

Fine wide-margined

Louis François Cassas, Jamblichos

impression before the letter , untrimmed on three sides .

“ … beyond all Berthault works for the provison of some of the most important splendid works of the late 18th and the early 19th century … Furthermore cooperation at the Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phonicie, de la Palestine et de la Basse-Egypte (1798) by Louis-François Cassas … In numerous cases B. restricts himself to the completion of the plate already etched by co-workers with the chisel ”

(Elmar Stolpe, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon X, 1995, 57).

“ C. already early found the themes and the technique which dominate the work and are the foundation of his success: With documentary accuracy, yet at the same time with a great antenna for decorative effects and atmosphere he creates views of landscapes and towns, their life, events, costumes, and national customs … Foremost in the center of the work the representation of important architecture, however. In the desire for completeness and exactness C. is quite a contemporary of the encyclopedists. Corresponding to the interests of the clients and the audience he directs his particular attention to the architecture of antiquity … With few exceptions … as a matter of principle C. proceeds from his personal view and therefore starts with sketches, studies and surveys on the spot. The actual means of his representation then is a special technique of the watercolor characteristic of him, partly in very large formats. He works with animated, often dramatically intensified chiaroscuro and rich coloring. Additionally he still enhances the contour by black pen stroke so that also the pictorial watercolors are of great exactness in detail and sometimes have the effect of colored prints. The realization of these motifs in print frequently is intended from the beginning and made for a great part of his success … In the train of the French ambassador Choiseul Gouffier C. goes on his most important journey to the Orient … It reveals to C. the whole fascination of the Oriental world. C. takes the opportunity to extend this journey and become acquainted with the whole region of the Levant … The journey is C.’s biggest professional experience, it takes place under partly highly adventurous circumstances and leads him up to Egypt … After the return C. elaborates the immense yield of his Oriental expedition in Rome, presents the first results to the public, and creates a considerable sensation ”

(Uwe Westfehling, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon XVII, 1997, 131).

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