Drawing: Expressions of Emotion (Laughter, Weeping, Compassion, Sadness), 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

Le Brun’s most active expressions appear at the top of this sheet. His lecture linked the states of laughter and weeping, suggesting that with the exception of laughter’s exposed teeth, they should be drawn in nearly the same way. Sadness, a purer expression than the first two, appears at the bottom right as a “disagreeable languor of the soul.” The compassionate youth at left appears equally subdued by his contemplation of this tragic state.

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Artist

A. J. Defehrt

Title

Drawing: Expressions of Emotion (Laughter, Weeping, Compassion, Sadness), from Encyclopédie

Origin

France

Date

1762–1777

Medium

Etching with engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

317 × 206 mm (image); 350 × 225 mm (plate); 400 × 260 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1941.133.73

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