A couple stand in a very dense and congested space, a broken wall behind them. The woman on the left holds a rooster by the feet and is looking at her husband, on the right, who has his hand extended and his holding a money bagin is left hand. At their feet is a stoppered jar and a basket full of eggs.
Dürer creates a wonderful caracter study of these two peasants selling their goods at market.
The Rooster is singled out by its expressive outlining brushwork and the vibrant red color of the comb. Its decorative flavor is also enhanced by using a specific type of paper called “cloud-dragon paper” (yunlong zhi), as the pattern of décor resembles motifs of cloud and dragon. Vertical calligraphic text in in the upper left corner.
This work is reminiscent of the Shanghai school both in its subject and style. Shanghai school painting, which was patronized largely by merchants, often had a strongly decorative character, combining broad calligraphic brushstrokes in ink and vivid colors. Lone Rooster has notably expressive outlining and is enlivened by areas of vibrant red. Its decorative character is enhanced by the use of “cloud-dragon paper” (yunlong zhi), the pattern of which resembles clouds and dragons. The rooster, which belonged to the traditional genre of bird-and-flower paintings popular in the Shanghai school, may have been chosen as a subject to commemorate the Chinese year of the rooster.
A rooster standing at the base of a column, engraved with the publication information. Before the base is an arrangement of the chemistry and tools used to create etchings. The Societe des Aquafortistes was founded in 1862 and included several renowned artists of the time - Delacroix, Corot, Millet, Manet, Jongkind, Pissarro, etc. This is the first edition of the regular portfolio published by Cadart to highlight their work.