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Wallerant Vaillant

Dutch painter, printmaker, and draftsman

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
As a painter, Vaillant specialized in portraits; he also painted genre scenes and one or two trompe-l'oeil still lifes. He is known primarily for his studio interiors depicting apprentices learning to draw. His work as a draftsman consists mainly of life-size portrait studies in chalk. Vaillant was the first professional mezzotinter and with that medium achieved remarkable results and had a great following. His more than 200 prints continued to be copied well into the 18th century. His designs came from his own paintings as well as from Italian Renaissance painters and the work of contemporaries. Vaillant first learnt the technique of mezzotinting during a visit to Frankfurt am Main in 1658. He was a pupil and assistant to Prince Rupert.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500025331.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Wallerant Vaillant:

Wallerant Vaillant Portrait of Prince Ruprecht, 17th century Mezzotint
Wallerant Vaillant after Gerard Pietersz. van Zyl Portrait of the Painter, Govaert Flinck, 17th century Mezzotint engraving
Attributed to Wallerant Vaillant, possibly after Gabriel Metsu A Man at a Table Smoking a Pipe, ca. 1670-1677 Mezzotint on laid paper
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