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Jean-Bernard Restout

(1732–1797, Paris)

Woman with a Turban; The Turk and the Old Man. Two etchings, each measuring approx. 14.0 x 9.5 cm. 1764. Baudicour 2, 3.

Jean-Bernard Restout was the son of the respected historical and portrait painter, Jean Restout the Younger (1692–1768). He was also related to the equally famous artists, Jean Jouvenet and Noel Hallé. Jean-Bernard distinguished himself as a painter and engraver, winning the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1758. He became a member of the Académie royale in 1769 and was a professor there from 1771. Restout’s printed work comprises a mere five etchings, all of which are of great rarity. The present companion pieces date to 1764. The free, roughly sketched etchings would suggest Restout made them for his own pleasure rather than for public consumption. The exotic costumes reflect the fashion for turqueries in the 18th century. Very fine impressions with margins. Slight traces of handling and foxing, otherwise in excellent condition.

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