Emanuel von Baeyer
London

Dominique-Vivant Denon [1747-1825] and his Circle

The catalogue contains examplary and hiterto unpublished drawings by Denon and his circle, along with a fine group of prints. Many are rare impressions of which several are in proof or undescribed states. We have collected over the years towards to this publication with an emphasis on presenting very fine impressions in good condition.

Dominique-Vivant Denon (1745-1825) would be best remembered as one of the eminent graphic artists of his generation, had he not been so engaged and successful in so many other fields and functions: artist, writer, diplomat (spy?), collector, archaeologist, museologist, socialite and seducer.
He became one of Napoleon's confidants and was appointed Directeur Général du Musée Central des Arts in 1802 which constitutes today's Musée du Louvre. It is significant yet lesser known that Denon is also one of the finest printmakers in France around 1800.

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