The Little Philosopher, 1774-1789

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Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine was a French painter and printmaker active in Poland in the late 18th century. Norblin's charming miniature etchings, representing mostly male heads, street sellers, and vagabonds, reflect both in subject and technique the profound influence of Rembrandt's prints. Norblin was also drawn to Polish subjects, capturing the unfamiliar, exotic world around him in his depictions of men with colossal fur hats and curled moustaches, Cossacks, and Polish historical figures.

Details
Title
The Little Philosopher
Artist Life
(born France), 1745–1830
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2010.67.7
Provenance
John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, MN
Catalogue Raisonne
Cologne 1989. cat. no. 52; Hillemacher 18; Kepinska 1978, fig. 55
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