Lot 117
  • 117

Jean-Baptiste Greuze Tournus 1725 - 1805 Paris

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • Jean-Baptiste Greuze
  • visit to the grandmother
  • black and white chalk on brown paper;
    bears inscription on the mount: j B Greuze 1786


Possibly M. de S*** Collection, sale, Paris, 5 April 1826, lot 42 (Visite à la grand'mère);
sale, London, Sotheby's, 28 June 1979, lot 218;
sale, Monaco, Sotheby's, 28 November 1979, lot 559 (withdrawn);
Galerie Prouté, Paris (1992 catalogue, no. 6);
sale, New York, Christie's, 28 January 2000, lot 65, purchased at the sale


Possibly Jean Martin, Oeuvre de J.-B. Greuze, Catalogue raisonné, 1908, no. 381

Catalogue Note

Edgar Munhall, in a letter dated 15 February 2000, stated that this drawing is "a wonderful example of Greuze's work in the mid-1760s, when he was much concerned with maternal subjects, reflecting that happy phase in his own life when he and his wife were rearing small children.  The technique is unusual and fresh;  the composition is full of the artist's customary action.  I know of no closely related painting, drawing or print".