Women and Children Mourning a Dead Man

A work made of pen and brown ink, and brush and gray and brown wash, with graphite, on cream laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, and brush and gray and brown wash, with graphite, on cream laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1778

Artist:

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
French, 1725-1805

About this artwork

In the third quarter of the 18th century, a young generation of artists developed a sober, almost classicizing reaction to the artificial frivolities of artists like François Boucher. Greuze depicted scenes from daily life that were intended to be inspirational or morally uplifting. This drawing is a study for his painting of 1778 (now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris) showing the errant son who has returned home just as his father has died.

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Artist

Jean Baptiste Greuze

Title

Women and Children Mourning a Dead Man

Origin

France

Date

1778

Medium

Pen and brown ink, and brush and gray and brown wash, with graphite, on cream laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

249 × 324 mm

Credit Line

Margaret Day Blake Fund

Reference Number

1986.1273

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