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Rodolphe Bresdin    (French, 1822-1885)

 Rodolphe Bresdin - Frontispiece de La Revue Faintaisiste (Prints and Multiples) h: 8.2 x w: 5.4 in / h: 20.8 x w: 13.7 cm
Rodolphe Bresdin
Frontispiece de La Revue Faintaisiste 1861
 
 Rodolphe Bresdin - La Sainte Famille aux Cerfs (Prints and Multiples) h: 9.3 x w: 7.9 in / h: 23.6 x w: 20.1 cm
Rodolphe Bresdin
La Sainte Famille aux Cerfs 1871
 
 

Biographie
The dominant themes in Bresdin’s work include scenes of figures in fantastical landscapes, peasant interiors and Biblical subjects, all depicted with an abundance of minute detail. Another of his favourite subjects were depictions of small villages and exterior views of peasant huts, a milieu with which he was familiar from his upbringing as the son of a tanner in the small village of Montrelais, on the Loire between Nantes and Angers. Bresdin himself lived a peripatetic life, changing his address every few months, and these complex, highly detailed drawings of villages, houses, farms, inns and fantastic chateaux must have seemed, at times, the fabric of a world quite removed from his own humble existence.
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