Dupré, Louis.Dupré, Louis. Pindus, Crossing from Joannina to Trikala. "Le Pinde, traversée de Janina à Tricala." Paris "Imprimerie de Dondey-Dupré, Rue St Louis, No 46, Au Marais." 1825-37
Coloured lithograph of the artist and party crossing the Pindus Mountans from Louis Dupré's " Voyage â Athènes et â Constantinople...". Original hand colour; verso blank; blind stamp of Dupré as issued.
The print shows the artist and his fellow travellers climbing up the Pindus Mountains with the help of local guides. In the foreground a Greek dressed in fustanella leads a white horse up the mountain; behind lit by sunlight the artist, complete with portfolio, urges his horse up the rocky pass. The party is a large one with porters, mules and armed guards seemingly directed by the bearded Turk in the mid ground. The image fully shows the enterpise it was to travel through Greece at that time. Generally bright; blank margins with repaired tears, away from image; upper right corner torn and repaired to verso; slight toning to blank margins from repairs.
Louis Dupré [1789-1837].
A pupil of Jacques-Louis David in Paris, Louis Dupré became resident in Rome and was appointed official painter to the prince Jerome Bonaparte, in 1811. In 1819 he traveled to Greece. He was received by the French consul Fauvel in Athens and introduced into Greek society allowing him to make his paintings of important personalities of the time, both in Athens and in Joannina where he portayed Ali Pascha, his family and attendants. He continued to Thessaly and from there he sailed to Constantinople, where he made the acquaintance of Prince Michael Soutzo of Moldavia with whom he returned to Italy via Romania.
His work " Voyage â Athènes et â Constantinople"was published in 10 livraisons, in Paris in 1825 through to 1837, consisting of 40 lithographs: portraits, costumes and views of Athenian antiquities. [Colnaghi of London pirated 2 of the portraits of Ali Pascha and published them before Dupré.]
The work became synonymous with the Greek War of Independence. The image of Mitropolos, holding the Greek standard symbolises the Greek victory.
Colas 916; Lipperheide 1434; Droulia 901; Navari/ Blackmer: 517; Sotheby's/Blackmer 559. 430 by 320mm (17 by 12½ inches)image including title.
ref: 1895 €2500