Portrait of the Artist's Mother

A work made of black, red, and white chalk with stumping on brownish-gray laid paper, laid down on a ivory laid card.
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  • A work made of black, red, and white chalk with stumping on brownish-gray laid paper, laid down on a ivory laid card.

Date:

1775

Artist:

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
French, 1725-1805

About this artwork

This remarkable study of dignified old age is a poignant, rare portrait of Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s mother, Claudine, made when she was approximately 75 years old. Recently discovered, it documents a tender reunion of mother and son. Greuze visited his family in Tournus in 1755 on his way to Italy with Abbot Gougenot. A related drawing in a private Parisian collection has been identified as Madame Greuze Embracing Her Son after 20 Years Absence; the date of that work suggests that the present sheet was also made in 1775.

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Artist

Jean Baptiste Greuze

Title

Portrait of the Artist's Mother

Origin

France

Date

1775

Medium

Black, red, and white chalk with stumping on brownish-gray laid paper, laid down on a ivory laid card

Dimensions

377 × 293 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Celia and David Hilliard in honor of Suzanne Folds McCullagh

Reference Number

2008.623

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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