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La Toilette de Venus

A work made of color aquatint from four plates, crayon-manner, and etching on paper.
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  • A work made of color aquatint from four plates, crayon-manner, and etching on paper.




Jean Francois Janinet (French, 1752-1814)
after François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)

About this artwork

One of Jean François Janinet’s most ambitious productions, this carefully wrought print reproduces at one-third size a painting by François Boucher made in 1751 for his most important patron, the Marquise de Pompadour. The painting hung in the bathroom of the marquise’s château at Bellevue and was sold after her death in 1764, probably to Jean François Chereau, the publisher of this elaborate print.


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Jean François Janinet


La Toilette de Venus


France (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1783


Color aquatint from four plates, crayon-manner, and etching on paper


Plate: 44.6 × 39.1 cm (17 9/16 × 15 7/16 in.); Sheet: 59.4 × 45.9 cm (23 7/16 × 18 1/8 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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