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Chinese Arabesque with a Double Parasol, from the series "Nouvelle Suitte de Cahiers arabesque chinois à l'usage des dessinateurs et des Peintres (New Suite of Notebooks of Chinese Designs for the use of Designers and Painters)" and more art by Anne Allen after Jean-Baptiste Pillement

Chinese Arabesque with a Double Parasol, from the series "Nouvelle Suitte de Cahiers arabesque chinois à l'usage des dessinateurs et des Peintres (New Suite of Notebooks of Chinese Designs for the use of Designers and Painters)", c. 1795
24 x 18 cm (h x w)
color etching from two plates inked à la poupée in gray
blue
blue-green
olive-green
red
orange
and brown
on pale blue-green plate toned laid paper
not for sale
[Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club, 2011.9]

Anne Allen made some of the most experimental color prints of her time, perfecting ways of inking many colors on the same etching plate. This image is printed from not one but two multi-colored prints. Tiny figures move among swags of foliage, stairways, and bridges in an imaginary “Chinese” landscape that might almost have been drawn by Dr. Seuss. Allen’s husband, the Rococo artist Jean Pillement, designed the Chinese-style (“Chinoiserie”) suite from which this etching comes.



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