yellow silk ground; repeating images of five-leaf clusters of different sizes in yellow and green; splatter-like green spots on ground

Chestnut Tree Leaves, c. 1890

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Henri-Charles Guérard was an ardent collector and admirer of Japanese art, going so far as to learn to write with Japanese characters. In Chestnut Tree Leaves, he used a horizontal swath of yellow silk as the support for his drawing. Using several stencils, Guérard created a frieze of large and small chestnut leaves across the surface. He used a vaporisateur (atomizer) to apply subtle sprays of orange, blue, and green paint, after which he painted the distinctive veins and stems of the chestnut leaves.

Details
Title
Chestnut Tree Leaves
Artist Life
1846–1897
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2009.70.2
Provenance
Jean-Raimond Guérard (son of the artist), Paris; Alice Guérard (daughter-in-law of the artist), Paris; non-familial heirs, Paris; (Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris); (Eric G. Carlson Fine Prints and Drawings, New York, 2006-09); sold to MIA, 2009
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yellow silk ground; repeating images of five-leaf clusters of different sizes in yellow and green; splatter-like green spots on ground