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Jean Morin
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Jean Morin was a French engraver who lived and worked in Paris. Most of his works are reproductive prints after works by other artists. Few details of his life are known, including the date of his birth. He was a student of Philippe de Champaigne and produced a number of engravings after his teacher’s works, particularly portraits. One writer asserts that Morin was Champaigne’s son-in-law. Morin’s technique combined etching and engraving. He had the ability to use this combination of intaligo methods to produce a variety of tones in his prints, faithfully reproducing the effect of the painted work. He also used different papers as he brought out editions of his prints. Of the 119 prints catalogued to him, most are portraits of famous persons of his day, but he also created some 37 prints on religious themes and about 19 landscapes, including six landscapes to his own designs. He also made reproductive prints after portraits by Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) and works by Raphael (1483-1520) and Titian (ca. 1488-1576). One of his works after Champaigne is a striking Mememto Mori still life, depicting a skull with a pocket watch and roses (R.-D. 39), which is in the Museums’ collection. Morin died in Paris in 1650 and was buried on June 6 of that year. His work influenced the great French portrait engraver Robert Nanteuil (1623-1678) (TNB 5/2103) Selected bibliography: Metccalfe, Louis R. “Jean Morin: 1600-1666”, in The Print Collector’s Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 1 (Feb. 1912), pp. 1-30. Popham, A. E. “Review: Catalog of the Engraved Portraits by Jean Morin (c. 1590-1656),” in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 88, No. 515 (Feb. 1946), p. 51. Thieme, Ulrich and Felix Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bidenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, vol. XXV, p. 155. Leipzig: E. A. Seeman, 1931.