Pierre-Narcisse Guérin

Original Prints: Lithographs


Admitted to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1785, Pierre-Narcisse Guérin (1774 - 1833) won the first Prix de Rome in 1797, and in these tumultuous years spent a good deal of time in Italy.  He exhibited in the Salon de 1810 and opened an atelier that was soon frequented by such budding artists as Géricault and Delacroix.

He was thus quite eminent in his day, and although he only produced four lithographs, they should be considered as incunabula for the medium, and thus historically quite important.

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

Le Repos du Monde

The World at Rest

Beraldi 1889, Bouchot 1895, Brown University 1968, and Man 1970 (see below)

lithograph, 1816, on medium-weight wove paper, the second state (of 2)

A fanciful representation of a curly-headed adolescent amour, leisurely drooling into a pool, this is one of Guérin's most serendipitous lithographs


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Henri Beraldi, Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle, 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