Francois Boucher (French, 1703 – 1770)

Paysanne en buste de profil

Black crayon, heightened with white on paper

8.5/8 x 6.7/8in. (22 x 17.3cm.) (to mount edge)

Provenance: The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by M. Alistair Laing.

Boucher was a French painter working in the Rococo style.  He is best known for his voluptuous nudes and desporting putti. He painted several portraits of his patronesse, Madame de Pompadour.  Is it fanciful to point out similarities to the subject depicted here? Though that would be difficult to prove, it remains a very good study. This is a major artist who’s works are in the great galleries of the world including The National Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Boston Art Gallery. 

Condition: A few spots of dirt, in good overall order. In a painted mount with washlines behind glass. In a decorated gilded frame