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Klauber, Ignaz Sebastian
Portrait: Christophe Gabriel Allegrain
1787

Ignaz Sebastian Klauber executed this portrait print as his reception piece for his entrance into the French Royal Academy. Klauber selected as his subject Joseph Duplessis’s portrait of the sculptor Christophe-Gabriel Allegrain because of the painting’s clear light and harmonious colour, which he translated skillfully into black and white. In reproducing Duplessis’s portrait, Klauber associated his name with the illustrious painter as well as Allegrain. The latter—chisel in hand—is seated beneath the legs of the sculpted bather that launched his career.

 
Klauber, Ignaz Sebastian
Portrait: Christophe Gabriel Allegrain
1787
Engraving on paper
58.5 x 42.7 cm
Purchase, Consolidated Fund, 1977
20-027

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