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Henri Mauperché

c. 1602–1686, Paris

Henri Mauperché was much in demand as a landscape painter, being the recipient, in particular, of commissions from the French court and the Parisian aristocracy. In addition he worked as a printmaker, producing some fifty etchings between 1639 and 1656. Mauperché was taught by Louis de Boullogne, with whom he travelled to Rome in 1634. His stay in Italy was to have a formative influence on his paintings and printmaking. During his time in Rome Mauperché associated with other northern European artists, who had come to Italy to study the art of antiquity and drew inspiration from the Italian countryside. Among his closer acquaintances were such prominent artistic figures as Claude Lorrain, Sébastien Bourdon and Herman van Swanevelt, who attached great importance to printmaking.