Art from a Folio

As with last weeks chapter the images in this chapter come from a folio created by a single artist, I believe. The artist has not signed his works and all the works are created after other famous artists paintings.  Artists by the names of #AdriaenvanOstade, #HendrikHondius, #AnthonieWaterloo, and #PeterPaulRubens.

Man with Tankard aquatint with etching after Adriaen van Ostade

Man with Tankard
aquatint with etching
after Adriaen van Ostade

Man with a Tankard created by an unknown hand in the early part of the 19th century.  Van Ostade (1610-1685) was an artist during the Dutch Golden Age for painting.  He portrayed tavern scenes, village fairs, and country views and the people he painted tend to be short and ill-favoured, marked with life’s adversity.  He loved to instil humour in many of his works.  Ostade was influenced by Rembrandt and it was this influence that propelled Ostade into greatness as an artist.  His works can be found in most large galleries as well as many a private collection.

Death of a Wild Boar aquatint with etching after Hendrik Hondius

Death of a Wild Boar
aquatint with etching
after Hendrik Hondius

Flemish born engraver and cartographer, Hendrik Hondius (1573-1650) was trained in drawing and engraving.  He loved mathematics and studied perspective, architecture and fortification construction.  His artistic speciality was engraving.  He was successful as artist initially using others to publish his works but he eventually purchased a printing business and concentrated on the printing of maps, books, and portraits.

Alpheus and Arethusa aquatint with etching after Anthonie Waterloo

Alpheus and Arethusa
aquatint with etching
after Anthonie Waterloo

It is quite possible that Anthonie Waterloo was a self-taught artist.  Little is known of his early life and while living he was not truly successful at selling his paintings and supported himself by becoming an art dealer.  His oil paintings are relatively scarce but one may find his drawings, sketches and etchings in most major galleries around the world.  Waterloo travelled extensively throughout Europe which can be seen in his works.  His larger etchings and drawings are detailed down to the smallest individual detail while his smaller images contain a more impressionistic, atmospheric perspective which draws the onlooker into the focus of his work.

Rubens and his Wife aquatint with etching after Peter Paul Rubens

Rubens and his Wife
aquatint with etching
after Peter Paul Rubens

And finally to Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) who was a Flemish artist.  A leader in the extravagant Baroque style of painting which focused on movement, colour, and sensuality.  A prolific artist producing works of religious focus, historical events, hunting scenes, portraits and landscapes.  He was fond of painting full-figured women which led to the term Rubenesque when referring to plus-sized women.

Four fine aquatints with some line etching to add delineation created by an unknown hand.  All images are roughly 4 by 5 1/2 with a plate size of 6 by 7 1/2.  Small beautiful works of art.

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