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Study of a Draped Woman Leaning on a Pedestal

A work made of black chalk, with stumping, and white chalk on buff laid paper, laid down onto thick modern laid paperboard.
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  • A work made of black chalk, with stumping, and white chalk on buff laid paper, laid down onto thick modern laid paperboard.

Date:

1759/61

Artist:

François Boucher
French, 1703–1770

About this artwork

In this powerful drawing, François Boucher’s model is so enveloped in yards of voluminous cloth that the fabric itself becomes the work’s subject and the drawing functions as an exercise in near abstraction. Boucher manipulated the black chalk to create outline and shadows, the white chalk to produce shimmering highlights, and the buff-colored paper to suggest flesh and give the fabric color and volume, in the process producing one of the finest drawings of 18th-century France.

The sheet may have served as the model for Cleopatra in the artist’s etched frontispiece opening an edition of Pierre Corneille’s tragedy Rodogune, Princess of Parthia.

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Artist

François Boucher

Title

Study of a Draped Woman Leaning on a Pedestal

Origin

France

Date

1759–1761

Medium

Black chalk, with stumping, and white chalk on buff laid paper, laid down onto thick modern laid paperboard

Inscriptions

Inscription, verso, l.l.: "74"

Dimensions

523 × 360 mm (primary support); 545 × 387 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.835

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