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La Danse Des Chiens en Desordre. [Dance of the disorderly dogs]

  • ARTIST: Carle Vernet

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Paris, "chez Ch. Bance & Aumont, Mds. d'Estampes Rue J.J. Rousseau, No. 10."

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint,

    DATE: Undated, c.1820

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size, 11 7/8 x 15 7/8" (298 x 404 mm) plus title and margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: A fantastic Parisian street scene depicting a pack of dogs, most of which belong to a street performer some of which are wearing clothing, running through and around people after a bitch in heat. A cobblers shop is shown at the right, a simple boot advertising his wears. Vernet is known primarily as an exceptional painter of horses in full movement, be it racing, hunting or military. Vernet trained under his father, Claude-Joseph Vernet, himself a noted artist. In 1782 he won the highly coveted Prix de Rome, and in 1808 Napoleon awarded him the Legion of Honor for one of his battle scenes. During the French Revolution his sister was guillotined for concealing letters to members of the aristocracy. After this, Vernet concentrated much of his efforts on creating images of daily life. This is especially true of his work after 1816, when he produced engravings of street vendors, horse markets, and comical scenes everyday life.


  • CONDITION: Good condition. Original hand coloring.


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