Rodolphe Bresdin (Montrelais 1822 - Sèvres 1885)

Landscape with Fishermen

Pen and black ink on papier calque, laid down.
Signed and dated 1858 Rodolphe Bresdin at the lower right.
107 x 172 mm. (4 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.) at greatest dimensions.


In common with most of Bresdin’s drawings, this drawing is drawn with a very fine pen in black ink (also known as India ink, or encre de Chine) on tracing paper. The majority of Bresdin’s drawings are, in fact, on such transparent tracing paper (in French, papier calque), with the translucency of the paper helping to transfer or reverse designs and motifs to a print medium. Bresdin also made extensive use of papier calque to copy illustrations from books or magazines, a practice he adopted as early as the late 1840’s or early 1850’s, and which provided him with a rich and varied source of motifs to use in his own work.

Depictions of fishermen occur several times among Bresdin’s drawings.

In the artist’s studio at the time of his death
The artist’s daughter, Julie Rodolphine Bresdin
By descent in the family of the artist.

Rodolphe BRESDIN

Landscape with Fishermen


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