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Louis-Pierre Henriquel-Dupont
19th century
(Paris, 1797 - 1892, Paris)

Henriquel-Dupont was the last significant printmaker to sustain the traditional system of French reproductive engraving. He began his plates with relatively free drawing of the basic design in etching, then slowly built up its tonality and textures with fine work in burin. The result could be exasperatingly refined and absurdly beautiful. Trying to keep the classic system and its values alive, Henriquel-Dupont also taught engraving at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris until his death and founded the French Society of Engraving. All the while, photography was taking over the functions of reproductive printmaking, and most printmakers were cultivating the “originality” that become synonymous with “art.”

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