Watercolour Boudoir. Le Juif errant by Philippe Chaperon, 19th century | intOndo

Watercolour Boudoir. Le Juif errant by Philippe Chaperon, 19th century

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Philippe Chaperon (Paris 1823 - Lagny-sur-Marne 1906) Boudoir. Le Juif errant Pen, watercolours and white lead Measures: 250 x 355 mm Painter and stage designer known for his work at the National Opera in Paris. He studied painting and architecture in Paris and won the Prix de Rome, spending three years at the Villa Medici. His first exhibition at the Salon was in 1844 with an Indian landscape painting of invention. The landscape from life or of invention is a genre that Chaperon will tackle throughout his career and from which he will draw inspiration for his scenographic production. After collaborating with the famous stage design studio of Pierre Luc Charles Ciceri (1782-1868) he founded the atelier 'Rubé et Chaperon' with Rubé in 1864 and for the next 30 years produced numerous stage sets and decorations for theatres throughout France and Belgium. In 1895 he left the atelier but continued to work for theatres and decorations for public and private buildings. At his death, his three sons continued the activity. Many of his drawings, preserved in French museums, document his activity. The drawing is a set design for the opera Le juif errant: an opera in five acts and eight tableaux by Fromental Halévy, with a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges. The theme was inspired by Eugéne Sue's moralising novel published in 1844. The opera was performed in Paris at the Salle Peletier in 1852 with little success. A set design for the first act dated 1879 is preserved at the Biblioteque Nationale. Although the story takes place between the 12th and 13th centuries, the design proposes an elegant interior richly furnished in the taste of Chaperon's own time. We are in a splendid room with oriental architecture, probably in the fourth act, the flat of Irene, daughter of the Emperor of the Orient. The drawing is signed and dated at lower left: Chaperon 1867. The date does not correspond to the first performance, evidently the author must have worked on the subject for another theatre. The drawing is applied along the margins only to album paper on which, in coeval handwriting, are the indications: (boudoir) Le juif errant julliet 1867. Very good state of preservation except for a slight lack in the top right-hand corner of the backing sheet.

ID: 11318-1657031246-42268

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French

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before1900

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25 cm

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35.5 cm

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