Nicolas Cochin (1610-after 1686)
1610 - 1686
BiographyNicolas Cochin was born from a family of painters and glassmakers. He is 18 years younger than Callot and a follower of the master's style. Not much is known about him and little is written on his prints. He worked in Paris around 1644. He is often confused with his half-brother Noël Cochin (1622-a.1687); the confusion comes from the signatures used by both artists, using in many cases only their first name's initial. While Noël made a career mostly by illustrating social events, war and conflicts, Nicolas specialized in religious and allegorical themes, depicting scenes from the lives of Jesus, Mary and the saints. We know of him "Les Paraboles", "La Passion", and the "Martyre des apôtres" - in the same dimensions as "Le Martyre de saint Laurent" by Callot (L.cat. 574). He used the framing from Callot's Fan in his "Triomphe de David" and imitated again this style in another Evantail representing a rural party. We sense Callot's influence in "L'Enfant prodigue", le "Martyre de saint Etienne", "La petite bataille", "Les Tentations de saint Antoine". He also engraved "La Grande Passion" after drawings by Callot. The UAG owns two prints of this series. The UAG owns another series of prints by Nicolas Cochin, "Les Apôtres". His prints evince a unique style but are related to Callot's series Les Apôtres in subject matter.