The Bois de Boulogne (The Cascades)Artist(s)Félix BracquemondObject Creation Date1857Medium & Supportetching on thin paper, laid down on thicker paperDimensions
9 5/8 in x 7 1/4 in (24.45 cm x 18.41 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
This etching was commissioned of Bracquemond to accompany an article by Théophile Gautier on the Cascades, a lake in the Bois de Boulogne, for publication in the journal "L'Artiste" in 1857. Bracquemond's friend the caricaturist Paul Gavarni is said to have drawn the figures of the two lovers in the lower center.The vast Bois de Boulogne was the old royal forest that Louis Napoleon ordered rebuilt between 1852 and 1858. The new park, modeled after Hyde Park in London, included gardens, lakes, racecourses, a skating rink, and dining spots. Located in a fashionable ar, the park drew sports enthusiasts, and especially during the afternoons, promenaders from the elite ranks of society.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaWesternRights
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