About this artwork
As an influential professor at the Royal Academy, Boucher taught life drawing. A savvy businessman, he realized the potential of producing etchings after his studies from life so that there might be instruction in provincial centers as well. This drawing—a dazzling demonstration of his technique of comingling red, black, and white chalks—was one of those reproduced.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- François Boucher
- Academic Study of a Reclining Male Nude
- Black chalk, with stumping and touches of red chalk, heightened with white chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper
- Inscribed on an eighteenth century mount, verso, in pen and brown ink: "fragile / à Madame (Verger)/ à Dèves / fragile"
- 356 × 448 mm
- Regenstein Endowment Fund