Louis de Boullogne

Artist's Biography

The Four Elements. L'Acqua (and) L'Aria (and) Il Fuoco (and) La Terra.

Copper plate engravings. 1770- 1774
Average image size: 16 1/2 x 23 1/8" (42 x 58.7 cm)
Overall the set is in fair condition. Each print has some soiling in the margins. All have some worm holes within the image. Water has a small area of image and margin loss in the upper left. All have been professionally conserved. Coloring is modern.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 96790
Price: $2,500.00
Publisher :
A fine set of the four elements based on the original paintings by French artist Louis de Boullogne II. The titles and descriptions for each are given in Italian and French.

La Terra. (Earth). Cybele, Bacchus, Ceres on a chariot drawn by lions and courted by Satyrs and Buccanti.

L’Aria. (Air or wind). The Goddess Juno ordering Eolus to unleash the Winds in order to disrupt a naval armada.

Il Fuoco. (Fire). The Goddess Venus appears before Vulcan, the God of Fire, shown here in the forge with Cyclops making armor for Mars.

L’Acqua. (Water). Neptune and Amphitrite sit on a scallop shell chariot pulled by sea horses amidst the waves, surrounded by nereids and tritons.

Louis de Boullogne the Younger (1654-1733 French. Was born into a family of painters and became a prominent member of the generation of artists who bridged the 17th and 18th centuries. Accepted at the Académie in 1681, he attained the position of director in 1722 and was appointed first painter to the king Louis XIV in 1725.

The engraver of these prints is Cristoforo dall'Aqua (1734-1787). He was born and worked in Vicenza. He was a print maker and designer and father of the slightly better known Giuseppe dall'Aqua.

The whereabouts of Boullogne’s original paintings on which the prints are based are today unknown. These prints are very scarce.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Genre , Outdoors