After Jacques-Louis Touzé. Tableau magique de Zemire et Azor


After Jacques-Louis TOUZE ( 1747 - 1809)
Tableau magique de Zemire et Azor (Magic Mirror in Zemire and Azor)
Etching and copper engraving, printed by JB Dutertre
Subject: 46 x 34 cm (18 x 13-1/4 in.) - Plate: 48 x 35 cm (18-3/4 x 13-3/4 in.)
Few restored marginal tears. Few stains.

Zemire and Azor was a 4-act opera-ballet by André Grétry, libretto by Jean-François Marmontel, after Amour pour amour by Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, inspired by Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Performed at Fontainbleau’s court on November 9, 1771 then at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris on November 16, 1771.

Sander was rescued by the terrifying being Azor who demanded in return the hand of one of his three daughters. Zémire decides to sacrifice herself for her father and join Azor. Initially terrified she gradually feels Azor’s kindness. Since she was missing her family Azor created a magic mirror which allowed her to visit her home if she promised to return. Sander tries to discourage Zemire from returning to Azor but her kept promise breaks the spell over Azor. He returns into his previous as a handsome young prince. Zemire reigns with him over the princely states.

Provenance :

  • Item(s) quantity:  1
  • Subject height in cm : 46 cm
  • Leaf height in cm : 48 cm
  • Leaf width in cm : 35 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014030294