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An image of The Flight into Egypt by Rodolphe Bresdin

Rodolphe Bresdin

(France 1822 – 14 Jan 1885)

Title
The Flight into Egypt
Alternative title:
La Fuite en Egypte
Year
1855
Media category
Print
Materials used
lithograph
Edition
i of 4 states
Dimensions

17.9 x 22.4 cm platemark; 23.5 x 31.0 cm mount

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., [incised plate] "Rodolphe Bresdin 1855".
Credit
Purchased 2008
Accession number
259.2008
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

Bresdin was a lonely and isolated artist whose work was scarcely understood by contemporary audiences. He worked solely as a printmaker and appears to have been self-taught. His lithographs are characterised by intricate and profuse detail which Bresdin drew slowly and with obsessive concentration. Bresdin never drew from life but invented a dream-like world of moody skies and dark forests inhabited by tiny human figures and strange creatures.

Bibliography (3)

Arsene Bonafous-Murat, Rodolphe Bresdin 1822-1885, 1992, (illus.). no.11

Maxime Preaud, Rodolph Bresdin 1822-1885: Robinson graveur, 2000, (illus.). no.45

Dirk van Gelder, Rodolphe Bresdin: catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre gravé, 1976, (illus.). no.85

Exhibition history (2)

Rodolphe Bresdin 1822-1885, Arsene Bonafous-Murat, Paris, 1992–1992

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014