L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Monday, May 19, 2014

Three drawings by Moreau le Jeune

Jean-Michel Moreau (26 March 1741, Paris – 30 November 1814, Paris), called Moreau le Jeune, French draughtsman, illustrator and engraver.  At the beginning of his career he produced copy drawings of the old masters or contemporary paintings for use by engravers, or made engravings of the work of more famous contemporary artists.  After 1781, when he was appointed Dessinateur et Graveur du Cabinet du Roi, a position which brought an annual pension and lodgings in the Louvre, he required the services of other engravers to reproduce his own designs.  His career was not impeded by the French Revolution - an event with which he apparently sympathized - and after the Restoration, in the last year of his life, he was once again appointed to royal office.  He is best known for his pen and wash drawings of important events at court and, especially, his charming genre scenes - much reproduced - that record the fashionable dress and elegant interiors of the last years of the Ancien Régime.

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