(France 1822 – 14 Jan 1885)
17.9 x 22.4 cm platemark; 23.5 x 31.0 cm mount
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.
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
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