Jean-Georges WILLE (Biebertal 1715 - Paris 1808)

Landscape with Two Fishermen and a Woman Sold

Watercolour over pen and brown ink, with framing lines in brown ink.
Signed and dated J.G. Wille / 1760 at the upper left.
88 x 129 mm. (3 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)

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As a draughtsman, Wille is best known for his drawings in red chalk and pen and ink, although he also produced a number of charming small-scale watercolours, of which this is a particularly fine example. Similar studies of fishermen and women occur throughout Wille’s drawn oeuvre; one such example, in pen and ink alone, is in the Louvre, which contains the largest extant group of drawings by Wille. The collection of the Louvre also includes three albums of comparable genre and anecdotal scenes in watercolour by Wille, in which similar subjects may also be found.

Provenance:
Georg Schäfer, Schloss Obbach, Schweinfurt, in 1965.

Literature:
Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie, and elsewhere, Zeichnungen Alter Meister aus Deutschem Privatbesitz, exhibition catalogue, 1965, p.24, no.94, figs.133-134; Hein-Th. Schulze Altcappenberg, “Le Voltaire de l’Art”: Johann Georg Wille (1715-1808) und seine Schule in Paris, Münster, 1987, p.289, nos.70 and 71.

Jean-Georges WILLE

Landscape with Two Fishermen and a Woman

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