Academic Study of a Reclining Male Nude

A work made of black chalk, with stumping and touches of red chalk, heightened with white chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk, with stumping and touches of red chalk, heightened with white chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1750

Artist:

François Boucher
French, 1703-1770

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.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

François Boucher

Title

Academic Study of a Reclining Male Nude

Origin

France

Date

1745–1755

Medium

Black chalk, with stumping and touches of red chalk, heightened with white chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed on an eighteenth century mount, verso, in pen and brown ink: "fragile / à Madame (Verger)/ à Dèves / fragile"

Dimensions

356 × 448 mm

Credit Line

Regenstein Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2009.42

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