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Pierre Brebiette

ca. 1598 Mantes – 1650 Paris

Pierre Brebiette was one of the most original and gifted etchers that France produced during the first half of the 17th century. Little is known of his artistic beginnings. Between 1617 and 1625 he lived and worked in Rome, where he entered into a close association with Claude Vignon and the publisher François Langlois, also known as Ciartres. After his return to France this association was intensified and he produced an extensive printed oeuvre, in which elements of Caravaggism were combined with Nordic genre elements. Brebiette’s lively etching style betrays a definite satirical gift and an eye for droll detail.