C1819

La Walsel Le Bon Genre

Artist:

Carle Vernet (1758 - 1836)

Rare Irish edition of one of the etchings from ‘Le Bon Genre’ which was a series masterminded by the great publisher La Mésangère. Satirising the fashion for the Waltz which had strong opposition by moral crusaders. As the Times of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

La Walsel Le Bon Genre

Date:

C1819

Artist:

Carle Vernet (1758 - 1836)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Etching with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

340mm 
x 235mm

Paper Size: 

370mm 
x 260mm
AUTHENTICITY
La Walsel Le Bon Genre - Antique Print from 1819

Genuine antique
dated:

1819

Description:

Rare Irish edition of one of the etchings from ‘Le Bon Genre’ which was a series masterminded by the
great publisher La Mésangère. Satirising the fashion for the Waltz which had strong opposition by moral crusaders.

As the Times of London wrote, “So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and
adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it
is attempted to be forced on the respectable classes of society by the
civil examples of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every
parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion.” (London 16th July 1816)

Biography:

Carle Vernet (1758-1836)
Born in Bordeaux, Vernet was a pupil of his father and of Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié. Strangely, after winning the grand prix (1782), his father had to recall him back from Rome to France to prevent him from entering a monastery.  In his Triumph of Aemilius Paulus, he broke with tradition and drew the horse with the forms he had learnt from nature in stables and riding-schools. His hunting-pieces, races, landscapes, and work as a lithographer were also very popular.  Carle’s sister was executed by the guillotine during the Revolution. After this, he gave up art. The Plaster Kiln at Montmartre  When he again began to produce under the French Directory (1795–1799), his style had changed radically. He started drawing in minute detail battles and campaigns to glorify Napoleon. His drawings of Napoleon’s Italian campaign won acclaim as did the Battle of Marengo, and for his Morning of Austerlitz Napoleon awarded him the Legion of Honour. Louis XVIII of France awarded him the Order of Saint Michael. Afterwards he excelled in hunting scenes and depictions of horses.

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