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Jean-Michel Grobon

(1770–1853, Lyon)

Le Pigeonnier de Rochecardon. Etching in ivory-coloured wove paper. 12.2 x 16.1 cm. Grafe 3.

This delicate landscape impression shows the dovecote of Rochecardon, also referred to as the Pigeonnier of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who stayed at the nearby chateau in 1770. Like the Island of Barbe, Rochecardon then lay just outside the gates of Lyon. Now, however, the locality has completely forfeited its picturesqueness and is at the heart of Lyon’s noisy 9th arrondissement. The present work is the only etching in Grobon’s modest oeuvre that is not based on one of his own paintings but taken directly from nature. Its artistic style is correspondingly free, incisive and full of atmosphere. The etching in this modest little work is of the utmost delicacy and reveals the hand of a sensitive and highly experienced artist. A very fine, harmonious early impression with the full margins. Minor ageing, otherwise in pristine condition. From the collection of Etienne Grafe (Lugt 3927).

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