Signed on plate “Callot fecit, Frad excudit” lower right. Very good condition except some light discoloration. Wonderful artist proof, on contemporary laid paper. Second state of three, dated 1633, numbered on plate -lower right on margin. Il is the 18th and last etching from the Callot’s series “Les Grandes Misères et Malheurs de la Guerre”, showing the brutality of soldiers towards citizens, and especially farmers. This is the key-artwork to understand the whole serie: the prince distributes the rewards only to general and noble people.
Including passepartout : 40 x 60 cm
Jacques Callot (Nancy, 1592 – 1635) is one of the most original engraver of the French 600, remembered because of his meticulous and little figuration.
Signature: Signed on plate “Callot fecit, Frad excudit” lower right.
One of the first artists to focus solely on the graphic arts, Jacques Callot produced drawings and etchings that drew influence from Flemish art and Mannerist works in Roman churches. Callot’s career began in Florence in 1612 when he started work in the Medici court, where he was employed to make pictorial records of entertainments such as fairs and festivals, and where he also drew and etched courtiers, beggars, and other characters, excelling particularly at caricatures. Returning to his native France in the latter end of his career, Callot’s work became markedly more sober as he documented the horrors of the Thirty Years’ War in his “Miseries of War” series, which would continue to influence the artistic representation of conflict social injustice into the 19th and 20th centuries.
French, 1592-1635, Nancy, France, based in Nancy, France