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Bérain

Jean Bérain (1640-1711) was a French draughtsman, painter and engraver of ornament during the reign of Louis XIV. He reinterpreted in an original way the grotesque of the Renaissance which then took the name of arabesque. He published many prints and a collection of engravings that will allow the dissemination of this fanciful style calleddécor à la Bérain” or Bérainesque. This style can be observed in particular on the decorations of ceramic ware of various French manufactures, such as Rouen, Marseilles, or Moustiers.

Jean Berain engraving grotesque arabesque      Jean Berain ceramic Moustiers Marseille

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