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An image of The cowherd by Claude Lorrain

Claude Lorrain

(France, Italy 1600 – 23 Nov 1682)

Title
The cowherd
Other titles:
The goatherd
Year
1636
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
ii of 6 states
Dimensions

12.8 x 19.9 cm trimmed inside platemark

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., [incised plate] "Claudius... 1636... ".
Credit
Bequest of Tom Roberts 1931
Accession number
346.1997
Location
Not on display
Further information

Commentators have always regarded this print as the summit of Claude's achievement in etching.
"With the genius of a true poet Claude has compressed into a few square inches all the charm of Virgil's Eclogues, all the beauty of pastoral life. Stately trees, fragrant meadows, a serene sky and a silvery river combine to form an ideal home for man and bird and beast. The fragments of columns which peep from under the trees on the left…harmonise discreetly with the sentiment of the surroundings." (George Grahame 1895)

Bibliography (2)

Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Sydney, 1995, 6. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (3)

Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995

Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006