Pierre-Narcisse Guérin

Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, Le Repos du Monde, lithograph, 1816

Le Repos du Monde

Beraldi 1889, Bouchot 1895, Brown University 1968, Man 1970

chalk lithograph, 1816, on medium-weight fibrous wove paper, a fine impression of the second state* (of 2), with good margins, slightly scuffed along the left margin, some slight overall soiling, light foxing and mount-staining, otherwise in good condition

Provenance: a private Parisian collection

P. 243 x 182 mm. (borderline)  S. 265 x 353 mm. 

Guérin's interest in printmaking was quite formally investigative, restricted to lithography in the first years of the medium. After Godfroy Engelmann had set up shop in Paris in 1816, Pierre-Narcisse Guérin was named by the Institut to take part in a commission in view of reporting on Englemann's experiments, and as a result made four "trial" lithographs himself.  The commission voted the following year to support Englemann's new printing technique.

This print is quite rare; we have seen only one similar impresssion on the market in years, sold by Rachel Davis Fine Arts on 20 March 2010 for $1200:


*We have seen a first state impression at C. G. Boerner: http://www.cgboerner.com/index.php?page=art&art=guerin_restoftheworld


Henri Beraldi, Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle, (L. Conquet,1889, Tome 8), p. 6
Henri Bouchot, La Lithographie (Paris: Ancienne Masson, 1895) pp. 43-45
The Department of Art, Brown University presents an Exhibit on of Early Lithography 1800-1840 (Providence, RI: Brown University, 1968) #92
Felix H. Man, Artist's Lithographs: A World History from Senefelder to the Present Day (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1970) p. 35