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Beautiful folio size antique photogravure print from the picture by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (click thumbnails above for larger size image).
Printed on heavyweight cream stock. Plate mark present. Reverse side is blank.
It's hard to appreciate the stunning detail and clarity of this print until you see it in person.
Here we see not only fairy-land but the inhabitants thereof besides. And it is a land and people you are quite sure dear old Père Corot actually knew. How else could he have painted those dancing nymphs, those laughing fauns and satyrs, those dryads, with the abandon that shows such absolute knowledge behind? It is all so real, so spontaneous, so possible, that you are quite sure you could see those very selfsame elves in that very selfsame glen if only you might get there early enough in the morning. And did ever mortal imagine before the very essence of the spirit of dance? Do those flying feet of the woodland folk touch the ground at all? Were ever butterflies above the roses more full of sprite and spring? Was ever seen a more abandonment of joy than in those laughing fauns ? Yet all this gaiety, this frolicsomeness, this quintessence of laughter is veiled, etherealized, spiritualized, — what you will—till it becomes as intangible as it is joyous, as evanescent as it is penetrating, as dreamlike as it is real — a poet's Land o' Smiles where mortals cannot tread, but, seeing, can love and believe in all the more.
Title: Morning (Nymphs and Satyrs)
Publication: Great Masters in the Louvre Gallery
Publication Year: 1899-1900
Publisher: D. Appleton & Goupil & Co. (New York & Paris)
Approximate Page Size (in inches): 12½ x 16¾
Approximate Image Size (in inches): 13¼ x 9¾
Condition: EX. Very clean.
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