About this artwork
Louis-Marin Bonnet’s color-printing repertoire included these variations on the fashionable pastel portrait genre (1924.1308 and 1927.875). Softly layering multiple chalk-manner plates in colored inks, he completed the images with gold-leaf-accented frames. As the use of gold leaf was strictly regulated in France, Bonnet created an elaborate ruse: the English titles, sometimes misspelled, and printer’s address on the paper frame suggest that these prints were published in London, not Paris. Patently 18th century, with a hint of the boudoir, the resulting works closely resemble highly finished pastels.
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- Prints and Drawings
- Louis-Marin Bonnet
- The Charmes of the Morning
- Pastel-manner engraving and etching in color, with gold leaf, on ivory laid paper
- Gift of Mrs. Charles Netcher in memory of Charles Netcher II