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Persephone 's Offerings to Demeter.

Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet after Joseph-Marie Vien. Offerings to Ceres. "Offrande a Cerès" Paris. Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet. c1763.
Copper engraving by Beauvarlet of Persephone decorating a statue of her mother Demeter [ Ceres] after the painting by Joseph-Marie Vien exhibited at the Paris salon in 1763 entitled Proserpine orne de Fleurs le buste de Cérès sa mere. On a pris le moment qui précede celui où elle fut enlevée par Pluton
Later hand colour. [The engraving is a reversed image of the painting]. Generally bright and clean; minor dampstain to upper left corner, far from image; laid to card.

Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet, 1731-1797.
Engraver. He went to Paris when young, and was instructed in the art by Charles Dupuis and Laurent Cars. His first manner was bold and free, and his plates in that style are preferred by some to the more finished and highly-wrought prints that he afterwards produced, although it must be confessed that the latter are executed with great neatness and delicacy.

Joseph-Marie Vien ( 1716 – 1809),
French painter, was born at Montpellier. He was the last holder of the post of Premier Peintre du Roi, serving from 1789 to 1791.
Thomas Gaehtgens, Jacques Lugand, Joseph-Marie Vien, Arthéna, 1988, p. XIII, notice w7050 452 by 310mm (17¾ by 12¼ inches).   ref: 2677  €750

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