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Water-shoots personified, with fish. Grandville, Yerba de Saetas, c1902.

Water-shoots personified, with fish. Grandville, Yerba de Saetas, c1902.

by Grandville, Jean-Jacques

Watershoot with flowers, leaves and seeds entwines flower-lady, while a dragonfly sits on her shoulder and fish, with fins flapping, observe from below in the water.

Colour-printed engraving highlighted with gum arabic for publication in Spain c1902; engraved by Geoffroy after the drawing of French illustrator and caricaturist Jean-Ignace-Isidore Gérard (1803-1847) for Les Fleurs Animées (Animated Flowers), first published in Paris c1847.

From an early age Jean-Jacques was tutored in drawing by his father, miniature-artist Jean-Baptiste Gérard. Jean-Jacques adopted the name 'Grandville' from his father’s actor parents who were known as 'Gérard de Grandville'. Flowers were given human characters, that ranged from charming to gruesome, depending on Grandville's state of mind. Grandville acquired fame by adding animal and bird heads to people's bodies, and as here, by portraying flowers as ladies with personalities. His 'animations' were so popular, that they were reissued a number of times in the United States, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

This is a gorgeous little print, with the fish half out of the water, below the watershoot lady entwined by the flowering vine. It is currently mounted between antique-white boards with complimentary linework decorating the mount. The engraving is 180 x 120mm (7 x 4.3/4 inches). The external mount for frame window measurement is 285 x 230mm (11.1/4 x 9 inches). 

Stock Number: apGfl20dmPrice: $100.00