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Pierre Hutin

(born in Paris – 1763 Schloss Muskau in Silesia)

Four Art Lovers in the Studio of a Woman Painter. Etching. 13.3 x 8.8 cm. 1754. Inventaire du Fonds Français 7.

This fine, entertaining little picture presents the interior of a studio in which a young woman painter is showing her work to two connoisseurs. She holds a brush in her left hand while her right hand rests casually on the upper edge of the painting placed on the easel. The two elderly gentlemen peer reverently at the picture through a lorgnette. Two other persons are inspecting an album in the background. The whole scene is treated in a light, humorous manner.

The sculptor, draughtsman and etcher, Pierre Hutin, was the son of François Hutin and the brother of Jean-Baptiste und Charles François Hutin, whom he accompanied to Dresden in 1748. As a sculptor Pierre Hutin was taught by Guillaume Coustou and was probably active in this capacity for the porcelain manufactory in Sèvres. In Dresden he assisted his brother Charles François in making preliminary drawings for the great gallery piece Receuil d’Estampes après les plus célèbres tableaux de la Galerie Royale de Dresde, which appeared between 1753 and 1757. After the start of the Seven Years War, Pierre in all likelihood accepted an invitation from Count Johann Alexander von Callenberg to go to Muskau, where he worked for the rest of his life. A very fine impression with large margins. Minor ageing, otherwise in very good condition. Rare.

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