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A Woman Peeling Pears

Artist:
Wallerant Vaillant (Dutch, Lille 1623–1677 Amsterdam)
Date:
mid-17th century
Medium:
Mezzotint; second state of two
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 3/4 x 12 1/16 in. (24.8 x 30.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha whittelsey Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.605.14
Not on view
Vaillant learned the mezzotint technique from Prince Rupert of the Rhine, whom he met and assisted during a visit to Frankfurt am Main in 1658. Active in Amsterdam and Paris, Vaillant became the first professional mezzotint-engraver, whose works achieved success throughout Europe. Here, he presents a domestic scene of his own design, showing a woman (presumably a servant) peeling fruit. As this richly toned plate reveals, Vaillant's mezzotint grounds appear more evenly textured than those of his predecessors.
Wessley 67.155 and p. 95; Hollstein XXXI 111.82 ii/ii
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