Jean François Janinet / L'Indiscretion / 1788Jean François Janinet

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Creator Name: Janinet, Jean Fran├žois
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1752 - 1814
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Jean Fran├žois Janinet
Creator Name: Lavreince, Nicolas
Creator Qualifier: after
Creator Nationality: European; Scandinavian; Swedish
Creator Name-CRT: Nicolas Lavreince
Title: L'Indiscretion
Title Type: Foreign
Title: The Indiscretion
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1788
Creation End Date: 1788
Creation Date: 1788
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: Lavis-manner color engraving and etching
Dimensions: Sheet: 57.6cm x 43cm, Platemark: 48.3cm x 36.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.18
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: Cortland F. Bishop (Lugt Supplement 2770b); [American Art Association/ Anderson Galleries, 1935, lot 103, illustrated, p. 67]

From the 1760s intimate boudoir scenes became a favorite with rich Parisians. The Indiscretion, in which two young women fight for possession of a love letter, is part of a series that also includes The Comparison and The Embarrassing Confession, also frivolous scenes of young women in elegant bedrooms. The Swedish miniaturist Niclas Lafrensen (1737-1897) arrived in Paris in 1774, and under the French name of Nicolas Lavreince, he supplied gouaches (opaque watercolor) of titillating images to printmakers. Janinet is unmatched in his ability to reproduce the nuances of Lavreince's subtle palette. In fact, he improved upon the original by translating the heavier opaque gouaches into the more delicate transparent washes of lavis-manner etching and engraving (see glossary).

AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.18
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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