July 2, 1984
Sotheby's (London), lot 95
Art Market (London)
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A View of Mountains Across a Lake
Jacques Callot (French, 1592 - 1635)
Brush and brown wash over black chalk
10 × 22.1 cm (3 15/16 × 8 11/16 in.)
Jacques Callot often featured complex and highly expressive rock formations in his prints and drawings. Only through sensitive observation of natural phenomena was he able to capture a wide range of effects of light and shade with an economical, rhythmic use of
The forthrightness and simplicity with which Callot described forms on the page and his masterly use of light reveal experiments in landscape parallel to those of his two great French contemporaries, Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. Both Poussin and Claude lived in Italy, where Callot worked from 1612 to 1621.
While this drawing's purpose is not known, both it and Callot's An Army Leaving a Castlemay have been studies for engravings that were never made.