Bailan – Cassas, Louis François (Azay-le-Ferron, Indre, 1756 – Versailles 1827). Village du Bailan, Situé sur la route d’Alexandrette à Antioche. Etching by Jerôme Paris (Versailles 1744 – c. 1810), finished with the chisel by Duparc (2nd half of 18th cent. – after 1810). (1799.) Inscribed: Dessiné par L. F. Cassas. / Gravé à l’eau forte par Paris. / Terminée par Duparc. 10¾ × 16⅞ in (27.3 × 43 cm).

Marvelous sheet

Louis François Cassas, Bailan

in splendidly shining impression before the letter .

With caravan + maritime scenery. – The charming village at the Gulf of Alexandretta, the preferred residence of the Europeans of Alexandretta (= Alexandria ad Issum, today’s Iskenderun, founded by Alexander the Great for the remembrance of his victory in the Plain of Issos), famous especially by the Pylae Syriae, the only connection between Syria and Asia Minor leading over Amanus and used by Alexander as the crusaders. – Untrimmed. – The wide margin negligibly age-marked.

“ 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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(Herr M. T., 26. März 2014)