126
126
Attributed to François Boucher
Paris 1703 - 1770
EIGHT STUDIES OF HANDS
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 6,000 USD
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126
Attributed to François Boucher
Paris 1703 - 1770
EIGHT STUDIES OF HANDS
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 6,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Attributed to François Boucher
Paris 1703 - 1770
PARIS 1703 - 1770
EIGHT STUDIES OF HANDS
Quantity: 8

variously black chalk heightened with white chalk; black chalk; red chalk heightened with white chalk: each study on a different sheet paper, laid down on a single backing sheet


each circa 265 by 185mm; 10 7/16 by 7 5/16 in
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Catalogue Note

Another composite sheet of studies of hands was formerly in the David Daniels collection (see R. S. Slatkin, François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, and Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1974, p. 96, cat. no. 74).  As here, the Daniels drawings are executed in a variety of media, on several different types of paper. According to Slatkin (loc. cit.) the sheets seem to have been assembled in this way by Boucher's mount maker, and although our drawing does not bear his stamp, it is possible that it also passed through his hands.

The drawings may well be inspired by Bloemaert's Tekenboek, a drawing manual containing instructive engravings after sheets of studies by Bloemaert, which contains sections devoted to various studies of hands and feet.  Boucher is known to have owned a copy of the book (which was lot 612 in the Boucher sale), and other artists from this period, such as Carle van Loo and Portail also drew from the Tekenboek.  Boucher did not, however, rely exclusively on such sources for anatomical models, but also drew the human figure from life.

Old Master Drawings

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