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Beautiful folio size antique photogravure print from the picture by Francois Boucher (click thumbnails above for larger size image). Printed in a warm sepia/burn umber tone.
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.
Diana at the Bath, by Boucher is one of that painter's most important and beautiful works. At the foot of a high bank Diana, with her crescent over her brow, sits on a lot of drapery holding a string of pearls, one leg thrown lazily over the other, her head turned in profile to a companion who is seated below her, leaning over on her hands, her legs drawn up. The two are almost nude and there is a pastoral, almost virginal charm about the picture rarely duplicated in his work. At Diana's left by her bow are a string of birds and a rabbit and at the pool at the left of the picture a couple of dogs are drinking. The figure of Diana is exquisite in its modeling, the firm, delicate lines wholly lacking that sensuality felt in most of his female figures. The whole thing is an idyl quite in keeping with the character of the goddess. It has been said that this figure of Diana and some others that Boucher painted at this period of his career, in the suppleness of their limbs, and beautiful curves of body, suggest a prototype of the Odalisque by Ingres.
Title: Diana Quitting Her Bath with One of Her Companions
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): 13 x 10
Condition: EX. Very clean.
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