Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]. After Jacques Callot, c1592–1635 French.
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]
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Les Miseres Et Les Malheurs De La Guerre [The Miseries And The Misfortunes Of War]

1633/later printing. Set of 18 etchings, the first plate includes engraver “Melchior Kusel” with text in Latin and French, other plates include verse in French and plate numbers lower left to right, four sheets bear a watermark of a double-headed eagle with the initials “C.H.”, 9.1 x 19.2cm (title page), 8.1 x 18.7cm (other plates). Soiling to margins, some with missing portions or repaired tears to margins.

This series of etchings, sometimes titled Les Grandes Miseres de la Guerre [The Great Miseries of War], is considered to be “one of the most influential series of prints produced in the 17th century. [First] published in 1633, the 18 etchings are not only a powerful demonstration of Jacques Callot’s remarkable mastery of light and shadow, but also an important document bearing witness to the tragic events of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648).” Each print has a six-line verse caption by the print collector Michel de Marolles. The prints, which depict torture and suffering of both civilians and soldiers, act as an “historical document and as diary entries.”

Considered to be one of the most prolific and versatile graphic artists in Western art history, Jacques Callot created more than 1400 etchings that chronicled the early part of the 17th century. With subjects ranging from the “frivolous festivals of princes to the grim consequences of war, Callot’s mixture of reality and fanciful imagination inspired artists from Rembrandt van Rijn [who was a keen collector of his prints] in his own era to Francisco de Goya two hundred years later.” At the age of 16, Callot travelled to Italy to study etching and engraving in Rome and Florence. While in Italy he became a master printmaker and provided work for the Medici court. Later, he received commissions from the courts of Lorraine, France and Spain, and from publishers, mostly in Paris. Ref: Musée d’art de Joliette (Canada); Wiki; Rhode Island School of Design (USA).

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Item #CL202-1

Price (AUD): $3,300.00  other currencies

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