Old Beggar with One Crutch, from "Beggar Series" or "Les Gueux"Artist(s)Jacques CallotArtist NationalityFrench (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1621Medium & Supportetching on medium laid paperDimensions
11 in. x 8 3/4 in. ( 27.94 cm x 22.23 cm )Credit LineGift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.Label copy
Gallery Rotation Winter 2013
Man with Back Turned,
from Les Gueux
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr., 2008/2.383.4
These three etchings are from Jacque Callot’s Les Gueux or The Beggars, which consists of twenty-five prints likely produced during the artist’s stay in Italy. Callot’s compassionate representations of the figures reveal his talent for incisive observation and intense interest in surface textures and details, showcased by his meticulous engraving technique. The lack of background details gives the figures an imposing monumentality and emphasizes the detailed rendering of their features and accoutrements. Callot was one of the best known and most accomplished printmakers of the period and his prints were popular and frequently copied.
Aside from the frontispiece, Two Pilgrims is the only print from the series that depicts multiple figures. Their ragged layered clothes, large hats, walking sticks, and distinctive badges suggest that they are either embarking on or returning from a pilgrimage, as does the church visible in the distance. Subject matter
Jacques Callot was an innovative and highly accomplished printmaker. Callot's style is both dramatic and elegant; here we see the monumental treatment of a beggar observed and drawn with great sensitivity.Physical Description
A man is seen from the back, dressed n rags and leaning on a staff. He has a hat over cloth that is wrapped around his head. The single figure dominates the composition.
Paper size: h 21 7/10cm x w 15cm. Plate sizeL h 13 4/5cm x w 8 4/5cm.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typeintaglio printAdditional Object Classification(s)PrintRights
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backs (gathered matter components)
etching (printing process)
men (male humans)