About this artwork
Jean Baptiste Perronneau was one of the most unique portraitists in oil or pastel of the eighteenth century. He worked throughout Europe and Russia, but died a pauper in Holland. One of his most compelling early works is this pastel portrait, exhibited in the Salon of 1747, of the eldest son of his friend the sculptor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne the Younger. In this animated expression of youth, Perronneau used green shading to attain a naturalistic, lively face. The little boy, Jean Baptiste Antoine Le Moyne (1742-1781), grew up to be a judge, counselor to the king, and lieutenant in the Admiralty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
- Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Antoine Le Moyne
- Pastel on blue laid paper, laid down on fabric, stretched on a wooden stretcher
- Signed lower right, in black chalk: "Perronneau"; inscribed on the back of frame, in a contemporary hand: "Ce pastel a été fixé par Loriot"
- 452 × 374 mm
- The Regenstein Collection