• Teal

    Artist:
    Traviès, Édouard. 1804-1876
    Technique:
    coloured lithograph
    Dimensions:
    45х26 cm

Traviès, Édouard. 1804-1876

Teal

France, mid-19th century

Édouard Traviès was a French watercolourist, lithographer and illustrator celebrated for his depictions of birds. These famous lithographs showing dead birds suspended on hooks belong to the series entitled La vénerie, Souvenirs de chasse and Musée du chasseur that the artist created from his own watercolours. They show the hunting trophies hanging up in front of elaborately shaped wall panels. The thorough treatment of the plumage and chiaroscuro modelling further the illusion of the image having three dimensions. The compositions were constructed in keeping with the traditions of trompe-l’oeil hunting still lifes that were especially popular in the 18th century. On some of the lithographs, the ends of the birds’ wings, tails or feet extended over the moulding framing the panel, creating an additional effect of volume. The majority of these lithographs are marked with the stamp of the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St Petersburg, which indicates that they were used by the factory’s artists as possible visual references for the painting of its products.

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Teal

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Technique:

coloured lithograph

Dimensions:

45х26 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1987; purchased from Art Sale Gallery №1 in Leningrad

Inventory Number:

ЭРФ.II-1407

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