Louis Desplaces (1682-1739)

Exquisite 18th century French engraving by Desplaces after Antoine Watteau. Titled “Le Printems”. Watteau’s original painting was commissioned for the dining room of the Hôtel Crozat on the rue de Richelieu Paris and was one of a suite of paintings representing the four seasons.

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 The original painting, depicting Spring, was destroyed by fire in 1966.  Summer by Marie-Jeanne Renard was engraved by Dubos,  Autumn by Etienne Fessard and Winter was engraved by Jean Audran.

Etienne Fessard’s Autumn, ‘L’autonne,’ is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and may be viewed on the museum’s website.


Also, as part of the permanent collections at the MET are other fine 18th c. engravings by Desplaces. These too can be viewed on their website.


The great French Rococo artist Watteau (1684-1721), was an admirer of Rubens and the Venetian Painters. He would lead France into the Rococo era with his gorgeous dream-like paintings depicting poetic, almost magical, figures in lush landscapes that are rich in tone and texture. His figures are like lyrical dancers and actors bringing stories to life that have not yet been told; but still the viewer knows that these stories will lead them to a place of harmony and sublime beauty.

The fluid and sensual lines of Watteau’s chalk drawings were so exquisite that art writers coined the term ‘painted drawings’ to describe them. Sadly, his brilliant career was shortened by health issues which led to an untimely death.

Upon his passing his dear friend Jean de Jullienne, the famed art collector who was the Director of the Gobelins, took it upon himself to hire the finest engravers in France to engrave his oeuvre of paintings and drawings and thus maintain his legacy. An amazingly ambitious and successful undertaking, it became known as the ‘Recueil Jullienne’, the Jullienne collection. One of the young engravers hired for this project was a very young François Boucher, the same Boucher who lead the next generation of artists into the height of Rococo, a term which his name would become synonymous with.


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