Emanuel von Baeyer

Géricault - Master of lithography

Géricault - Master of lithography

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault, Léon Cogniet

Emanuel von Baeyer Cabinet is pleased to present a selection of works from our new online exhibition of lithographs by Théodore Géricault (1791 Rouen - 1824 Paris).

The Romantic master of lithography, Géricault started to explore this medium in 1817. It would become the only printmaking technique employed by the artist throughout the course of his career.

As well as several fine impressions around the artist's favorite themes of horses and military subjects, the display on our website features an unrecorded early pen lithograph, some illustrations of Byron's poems, and an impression of the artist's best-known painting The Raft of the Medusa. Finally, a portrait of Géricault by his friend and colleague Léon Cogniet offers the perfect addition to our exhibition.

Almost all the lithographs come from the well esteemed collection of Henri Petiet (1894-1980), most of them featuring his initials and inventory number. We are pleased to display on our website a total of 55 lithographs by Géricault, more than half of the artist's lithographic oeuvre according to Delteil's record. A collection of such a great number of Géricault's prints is very rare nowadays in the commercial world.

Please visit https://evbaeyer-cabinet.com/ to view the full exhibition.

Image Credit:

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault, Three Horses Being Led to the Slaughterhouse, 1823, Crayon lithograph. Size of sheet: 26.5 x 34.9 cm

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

Three Children Playing With A Donkey

1820

Size of sheet: 27.1 x 40.7 cm.

Pen lithograph on beige chine-collé.

Collection of Alexis Rouart (Lugt 2187a); Unidentifiable collector's stamp verso (not in Lugt).

Literature: Delteil 25 (only state); École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.39.

£ 2400.-

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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

The Flemish Farrier

1821

Size of sheet: 25.2 x 35 cm.

Crayon lithograph.

Literature: Delteil 33; École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E. 30. The print is from 'Various Subjects Drawn from Life and on Stone by J [sic] .Gericault', a series of twelve lithographs and a frontispiece, published and sold by Rodwell & Martin, London, New Bond Street, from February to May 1821, and also known as 'The English Set'. (BM)

£ 1500.-

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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault, Marche dans le Désert, 1822, Crayon lithograph with scraper. Size of sheet: 40.5 x 50 cm.

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

Marche dans le Désert

1822

Size of sheet: 40.5 x 50 cm.

Crayon lithograph with scraper.

Literature: Delteil 43.II (with title); École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.19. Lithographer Charles Motte (1785 - Paris -1836). The print was published in A.V. Arnault, 'Vie politique et militaire de Napoléon', Paris, 1822-1826 (Delteil).

£ 1500.-

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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

Chevaux des Ardennes (Horses from the Ardennes)

1822

Size of sheet: 27.4 x 36.3 cm.

Crayon lithograph.

Literature: Delteil 51, II/IV; École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.49. Printed for the artist by Godefroy Engelmann I (1788 - Mulhouse - 1839). Designed for the series of twelve lithographs entitled Etudes, de chevaux lithographiés. par Géricault, created by the artist soon after his return to France from England. With the full title, but before the number.

£ 1500.-

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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault, La Course (The Race), 1823, Size of sheet: 26.1 x 35.1 cm. Crayon lithograph.

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

La Course (The Race)

1823

Size of sheet: 26.1 x 35.1 cm.

Crayon lithograph.

Literature: Delteil 59, II/IV; École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.57. Lithographer Godefroy Engelmann I (1788 - Mulhouse - 1839). From Plate 2 of "Suite de Huit Petites Pièces".

£ 1500.-

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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

Three Horses Being Led to the Slaughterhouse

1823

Size of sheet: 26.5 x 34.9 cm.

Crayon lithograph.

Literature: Delteil 65, II/III; École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.63. Printed by Villain. From Plate 8 of "Suite de Huit Petites Pièces".

£ 850.-

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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault, Chevaux conduits à la foire (Horses Being Led to the Fair), 1822, Crayon lithograph. Size of sheet: c. 39 x 50 cm.

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Chevaux conduits à la foire (Horses Being Led to the Fair)

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

1822

Size of sheet: c. 39 x 50 cm.

Crayon lithograph.

Literature: Delteil 87, I/III; École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.78. Printed by Villain. Part of the set of twelve lithographs and a title page Etudes de chevaux par Géricault. Delteil quotes a passage from Ch. Clément, 'Géricault', which states that in order to satisfy public demand, the Gihaut brothers asked for a repeat of the artist's 'The English Set', but that only horses were required. Six equestrian subjects from the original series were retained and Géricault produced watercolours which were to serve as designs for the remaining six. He asked Léon Cogniet and Volmar to execute the work, and he directed the project, sending work back and making some corrections. (BM) This is one of the prints taken after The English Set.

£ 2400.-

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

Cheval noir (A Black Horse Tethered in a Stable)

1822

Size of sheet: 40.4 x 52 cm.

Crayon lithograph.

Literature: Delteil 92, I/III; École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.75. Printed by Villain. Part of the set of twelve lithographs and a title page Etudes de chevaux par Géricault. Delteil quotes a passage from Ch. Clément, 'Géricault', which states that in order to satisfy public demand, the Gihaut brothers asked for a repeat of the artist's 'The English Set', but that only horses were required. Six equestrian subjects from the original series were retained and Géricault produced watercolours which were to serve as designs for the remaining six. He asked Léon Cogniet and Volmar to execute the work, and he directed the project, sending work back and making some corrections. (BM)

£ 2400.-

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Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault

Mazeppa

1823

Size of sheet: 42.1 x 57.3 cm.

Crayon lithograph on chine-collé.

Literature: Delteil 94, II/III; École nationale supériore des Beaux-Arts, 1997-1998, E.89. Collaborative work by Gericault and Eugene Lami (1800 - Paris - 1890). Printed by Villain. Part of the series of six lithographs Oeuvres de Lord Byron, published in 1823. Four lithographs - all displayed in our exhibition - were the result of the collaboration between Gericault and Lami, the other two were by Lami only. Gericault was the first French artist to use themes from Byron. All of Gericault's Byronic works are based on themes of exile and tragic love.

£ 600.-

Léon Cogniet

Portrait of Théodore Gericault Circa

1824

Size of sheet: circa 51.7 x 38 cm.

Crayon lithograph on chine-collé.

Delicate impression on a full sheet of important provenance. Léon Cogniet became friend with Géricault in 1812, while they were both studying under Pierre Guérin (1774-1833) and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The two artists collaborated almost ten years later on the series of lithographs Etudes des Chevaux (1823), of which several impressions are included in our exhibition. During their lifelong friendship, Géricault was the subject of many of Cogniet's portraits, until the very last one on the artist's death bed. Our portrait shows him in the same year before his deadly illness (syphilis) with very short hair wearing a beret. His delicate face features are elegantly reproduced, conveying Géricault's intense expression. The print belonged to the artist Amédée Faure, who entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1824 - the same year when the print was conceived - and became, as Cogniet, a prolific portraitist and lithographer. The provenance suggests that our impression was given to Faure by Cogniet himself.

£ 6500.-

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