Le Bûcher (The Stake)

Jacques Callot, French, 1592 - 1635

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1633

Etching on laid paper

Watermark Lieure 47

Plate: 3 1/4 × 7 5/16 in. (8.2 × 18.5 cm)

Sheet: 3 3/4 × 7 7/8 in. (9.5 × 20 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935

PR.991.8.13

Portfolio / Series Title

Plate 13 from Les Grandes Misères et malheurs de la guerre (The Great Miseries and Misfortunes of War)

Publisher

Israël Henriet, Paris

Geography

Place Made: France, Europe

Period

1600-1800

Object Name

Print

Research Area

Print

Not on view

Inscriptions

Inscribed, in plate, within image, lower left: Israel ex. Cum Priuil. Reg.; inscribed, in graphite, lower right margin: 13.; inscribed, in graphite, on support, lower right: 1351; Watermark, center: [under image] [indistinct]

Label

Coming at the end of Callot’s series, this print presents a scene of retribution. As punishment for the churches they have desecrated, marauding soldiers are themselves burned to death. At the center of the image, a man is tied to a pillar encircled in flames. The rising smoke blends in with the fire coming from the church in the background. The arms of the defeated troops are piled at the left foreground of the print, as soldiers line both sides of the image to watch the burning at the center. Each man’s face is almost expressionless before the execution, one of many atrocities that Callot chronicled.

From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming

Course History

Anthropology 3.01, Introduction to Anthropology, Charis Ford Morrison Boke 1, Summer 2023

Studio Art 27.01/28.01/74.01, Printmaking I/II/III, Josh Dannin, Summer 2024

Facilitated Experience: Special Tour - From Goya to Photojournalism, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

A Gift to the College: The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil Jr. Collection of Master Prints, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 17-December 20, 1998.

Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 9-December 12, 1990.

Piranesi-Goya; Roma fantastica and the Sleep of Reason and Francisco Goya and Jake & Dinos Chapman: Disasters of War, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 27, 2001-March 17, 2002.

Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.

The Four Faces of War: Callot, Goya, Kollwitz and Bellows, The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, October 23-December 22, 2004.

Publication History

Timothy Rub, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Kelly Pask, "A Gift to the College: The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil Jr. Collection of Master Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1998, listed, p.84, no. 47.

Goldfarb, Hilliard T., Wolf, Reva. "Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War." Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, page 33 (illustration) and page 84.

Provenance

Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York, 1975; Christie's, New York, November 2, 1983, lot 18 (bought in); sold to Adolph Weil, Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, privately after the sale; given to present collection, 1991.

Catalogue Raisonne

Lieure 1351

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