[Drawing] - HILDEBRANDT (Eduard). [View of... - Lot 32 - Gros & Delettrez

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[Drawing] - HILDEBRANDT (Eduard). [View of... - Lot 32 - Gros & Delettrez
[Drawing] - HILDEBRANDT (Eduard). [View of Praia Grande in Macau]. [S.l.], [c.1860]. 1 sheet (24 x 37 cm), ink on paper, watercolor (small missing upper right corner, 2.5 cm tear, wetness). Inscription lower left: "Makao". This view, painted in watercolor on paper by Eduard Hildebrandt around 1860, depicts Praia Grande in Macao. A Portuguese colony in China since 1557, this city is the embodiment of the encounter between the West and Asia. Following in the footsteps of Auguste Borget and George Chinnery, Eduard Hildebrandt painted several views of Macau during his trip around the world. In this composition, he depicts many of the emblematic monuments of this merchant city on the Pearl River delta. In the left foreground, he paints the Palácio do Governador, built in 1849 in the typical Pombalin style of Portuguese architecture. The watercolorist also shows the Igreja da Sé cathedral and the Fortaleza da Guia, the colony's highest point. A pupil of Isabey, Eduard Hildebrandt was one of the first artists to immortalize Macau, making a major contribution to its image. This composition was reproduced as a lithograph, but the artist also produced another watercolor version (Eduard Hildebrandt, Vue de Praia Grande à Macao 1863, watercolor on paper, 24 x 38 cm, Bonhams sale, September 15, 2010, Travel and exploration, lot no. 47). In the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Léon Lagrange reported that Hildebrandt's works were exhibited in Paris in 1866 in the form of dioramas thanks to the Aléthescope: "It is marvelous to see that these images, already so faithful to nature, gain in truth, strength and brilliance. The streets of Hong-Kong and Peking, the theaters of Macao, the gulf of Nagasaki, illuminated by artificial light, take on a surprising value, one feels a fiery sun, one sees the teeming populace" (Léon Lagrange, "Bulletin mensuel, janvier 1866", in La Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1866, p. 192).
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