Drawing: Expressions of Emotion (Hate or Jealousy, Anger, Desire, Physical Pain), 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 depictions of the strongest passions offer a darker side of human emotions. In his lecture he argued that hatred and jealousy could be indistinguishable, emphasizing the livid, enflamed flesh of those caught in the thrall of these emotions, and therefore the Encyclopédie does not attempt to distinguish them. Anger adopts a similarly turbulent manifestation, with the glare of desire retaining a steely focus. Finally, the man writhing in acute pain offers a passionate reaction to a physical, rather than mental state.

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Artist

A. J. Defehrt

Title

Drawing: Expressions of Emotion (Hate or Jealousy, Anger, Desire, Physical Pain), from Encyclopédie

Origin

France

Date

1762–1777

Medium

Etching with engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

317 × 215 mm (image); 355 × 225 mm (plate); 400 × 260 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1941.133.74

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