Fréderic Cazenave / The Optical Viewer / c. 1794Fréderic Cazenave
The Optical Viewer
c. 1794

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Creator Name: Cazenave, Fréderic
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1761 - 1845
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Fréderic Cazenave
Creator Name: Boilly, Louis Léopold
Creator Qualifier: after
Creator Birth Place: La Bassée, near Lille
Creator Death Place: Paris
Creator Name-CRT: Louis Léopold Boilly
Title: The Optical Viewer
Title Type: Primary
Title: L'Optique
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1789
Creation End Date: 1799
Creation Date: c. 1794
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: etching and engraving
Dimensions: Sheet: 72cm x 53.9cm, Platemark: 67.5cm x 53.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.15
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund

The sixteen-year-old Sébastienne-Louis Gély is depicted shortly after her marriage to the famous revolutionary, Georges-Jacques Danton. With her is the son of Danton's first marriage, who is looking at prints through an optical viewer. Using etching and engraving, Cazenave achieved dramatic contrasts of light and dark. The technical tour de force creates Sébastienne's shimmering white satin skirt and the series of reflections in the mantlepiece mirror.

AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.15
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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