Claude Lorrain was a French painter, draftsman, and etcher principally active in Italy during the seventeenth century. He was best known for his idealized landscapes in which human figures and nature find a harmonious balance. His sensitivity for light gives a glowing atmosphere to its compositions. In The Draughtsman, a genre scene representing an artist drawing from life, the figures are immersed in an Arcadian landscape opening into a marina. As it is common to find in his etchings, the figures, trees, and boats stand out against the light to give more luminosity to the plate.
French (active in Italy), 1604–1682
Etching on paper
Image: 4 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. (12.7 x 17.6 cm); plate: 5 1/8 x 7 3/16 in. (13.0 x 19.8 cm); sheet: 6 15/16 x 8 13/16 in. (17.6 x 22.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.52.3