The Fireworks

A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream wove paper, laid down on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream wove paper, laid down on cream wove paper.

Date:

January 21, 1782

Artist:

Jean Michel Moreau
French, 1741-1814

About this artwork

Theatrical spectacles often marked the momentous occasions of royal weddings and births. These ephemeral events incorporated dance, music, poetry, and even pyrotechnics, aristocratic antics captured in the ephemeral medium of print. Jean-Michel Moreau the Younger created an expansive etching of the fireworks celebrating the birth of the dauphin Louis-Joseph, son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This iconic image emphasizes the power of the festival machine, a veritable temple of fireworks, by miniaturizing the onlookers within the massing crowd. The etching’s size contributes to its rarity; this impression was preserved in an album, as were most surviving examples.

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Artist

Jean Michel Moreau, the Younger

Title

The Fireworks

Origin

France

Date

1782

Medium

Etching and engraving in black on cream wove paper, laid down on cream wove paper

Dimensions

460 × 735 mm (image); 525 × 786 mm (plate); 543 × 802 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2010.53

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