Drawing: Expressions of Emotion (Wonder, Love, Veneration, Rapture), from Encyclopédie

A work made of etching with engraving on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching with engraving on cream laid paper.

Date:

1762/77

Artist:

A. J. Defehrt (French, active 18th century)
after Charles le Brun (French, active 17th century-1765)
published by André le Breton (French, 1708-1779), Michel-Antoine David (French, c. 1707-1769), Laurent Durand (French, 1712-1763), and Antoine-Claude Briasson (French, 1700-1775)

About this artwork

The French Academy president Charles Le Brun’s famous lecture on the subject of facial expressions likely took place in two sessions, on April 7 and May 5, 1668. He assimilated many textual sources, including Descartes, but it was the series of drawings he produced to illustrate the different expressions that had the most impact. These images were copied incessantly, but some difficulty remains in identifying them, especially for a modern audience. This sheet from the 1777 Encyclopédie uses Le Brun’s images of the stages of love from astonishment to rapture.

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Artist

A. J. Defehrt

Title

Drawing: Expressions of Emotion (Wonder, Love, Veneration, Rapture), from Encyclopédie

Origin

France

Date

1762–1777

Medium

Etching with engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

315 × 206 mm (image); 350 × 225 mm (plate); 400 × 260 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1941.133.72

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