Laban Searching for his Household Gods

Gabriel de Saint-Aubin French

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Gabriel de Saint-Aubin was a creative and idiosyncratic printmaker. He etched about 50 plates, often working them through multiple states and rarely printing them in large editions.This impression is an early state; it has no inscriptions and lacks some of the hatching added to later states.

This print depicts a scene from Genesis (24-31), where Rachel hides the stolen household gods from her father, who has broken his promise to Jacob. The composition records Saint-Aubin's submission to the grand prix competition in 1753, and is thus one of his earliest efforts at printmaking.

Laban Searching for his Household Gods, Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (French, Paris 1724–1780 Paris), Etching

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