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Title

The well-beloved mother


Artists

Jean Massard

France

22 Aug 1740 - 16 Mar 1822

after Jean-Baptiste Greuze

France

1725 - 1805


About

This rare print has particular value to the Gallery: it is closely connected with the Gallery's Greuze drawing 'The well-beloved mother' c.1770 which was presented by James Fairfax in 1999. This drawing is the model for the engraving. We know from archival documents that in 1772 Greuze signed an agreement with the engraver Massard to produce the print, although it was not published until 1775. Greuze insisted that the engraver not 'interpret' his drawing but copy it precisely and to size. This explains why the engraving and the drawing look nearly identical. As required by Massard's agreement, surviving impressions of the print bear on the verso the signatures of both the engaver and the painter.


Details


Other Title

The beloved mother


Alternative title

La mère bien aimée


Date

1775


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Dimensions

54.3 x 66.0 cm sheet (trimmed within platemark)


Signature & date

Signed l.l. verso, pen and brown ink "Greuze" and l.l. verso, pen and brown ink "Massard". Not dated.


Credit

Annette Margaret Dupree Bequest Fund 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

8.2003


Artist information

Jean Massard

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Richard Beresford and Peter Raissis, The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Sydney, 2003, 93 (illus.). under cat.no. 24, fig. 24.2

Alison P. Coudert, A cultural history of childhood and family in the age of enlightenment, 'Faith and religion', pg.147-164, 2010, 162, 163 (illus.). fig.8.3

Edgar Munhall, Greuze the Draftsman, London, 2002, 200 (illus.). figs. 170, 171

Irena Zdanowicz, Masters of emotion, Mornington, 2007, 49. cat.no. 20

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2003 [for the year ended 30 June 2003], 'Year in review', pg.14-35, Sydney, 2003, 18, 19 (illus.).