French Master Drawings of the Eighteenth Century - Erwin GradmannLondon: A. Zwemmer, 1949, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper now protected in a removable mylar sleeve.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates ; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “The themes treated by French eighteenth-century artists can be limited, by and large, to a small number of fields: courtly revels, portraits, landscapes, still lifes and genre pictures. Together with the portrait, the love scene occupied an important place; spiritual and sensual desire played an equal part in those light-hearted masquerades of polite society’s communal ideal. Specifically, the erotic genre ranged between tender sublimation of spiritual feeling, forced soulfulness and unveiled sensuality. One of the few legacies of the seventeenth century was the mythological picture, which continued to flourish while religious and historical themes disappeared almost entirely.”