Contest for the Prize for the Study of Heads and Expression

A work made of etching and engraving on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving on off-white laid paper.

Date:

1763, based on a drawing from 1761

Artist:

Jean-Jacques Flipart (French, 1719-1782)
after Charles-Nicholas Cochin (French, 1715-1790)

About this artwork

After Le Brun’s death, both fledgling and established artists evidently still struggled to properly depict facial expressions. The amateur etcher and antiquarian Comte de Caylus established an annual prize at the French Academy to encourage this study. Flipart’s print of one such competition shows the model as the requisite well-bred, wreathed woman with an ankle exposed, and a typically inscrutable expression that may represent contentment, calm, or simple boredom.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jean-Jacques Flipart

Title

Contest for the Prize for the Study of Heads and Expression

Origin

France

Date

1763

Medium

Etching and engraving on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

206 × 266 mm (image); 236 × 288 mm (sheet); trimmed within plate mark

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2009.666

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