A Study for Two Nymphs

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

Date:

c. 1749

Artist:

François Boucher
French, 1703-1770

About this artwork

“I have seen enough of bosoms and buttocks,” wrote the French philosopher and critic Denis Diderot (1713–1784), discussing the paintings of François Boucher.

What Diderot and others considered Boucher’s decadent frivolity was associated with the excesses and corruption of the monarchy (Boucher was named first painter to the king in 1765). In other words, Boucher’s work was seen as embodying, in aesthetic form, everything that led to the French Revolution. His style was rejected by the next generation of artists in France in favor of a simpler, more honest style inspired by ancient Rome and Greece.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

François Boucher

Title

A Study for Two Nymphs

Origin

France

Date

1744–1754

Medium

Black chalk, with stumping and red chalk, heightened with white chalk, on buff laid paper, laid down on cream laid card

Dimensions

321 × 450 mm

Credit Line

Helen Regenstein Collection

Reference Number

1967.231

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