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François Boucher
BACCHUS ET ARIANE
FRANÇOIS BOUCHER ; BACCHUS AND ARIADNE ; BLACK CHALK AND STUMPING HEIGHTENED WITH WHITE CHALK AND TOUCHES OF GREY WASH ; BEARS SIGNATURE IN PEN AND BROWN INK, LOWER RIGHT :  F. BOUCHER AND BEARS ATTRIBUTION IN RED CHALK ON THE BACKING SHEET : F. BOUCHER
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 19,375 EUR
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François Boucher
BACCHUS ET ARIANE
FRANÇOIS BOUCHER ; BACCHUS AND ARIADNE ; BLACK CHALK AND STUMPING HEIGHTENED WITH WHITE CHALK AND TOUCHES OF GREY WASH ; BEARS SIGNATURE IN PEN AND BROWN INK, LOWER RIGHT :  F. BOUCHER AND BEARS ATTRIBUTION IN RED CHALK ON THE BACKING SHEET : F. BOUCHER
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 19,375 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

Bacri frères Antiquaires, Paris – Collection Jacques Bacri

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François Boucher
PARIS 1703 - 1770
BACCHUS ET ARIANE
FRANÇOIS BOUCHER ; BACCHUS AND ARIADNE ; BLACK CHALK AND STUMPING HEIGHTENED WITH WHITE CHALK AND TOUCHES OF GREY WASH ; BEARS SIGNATURE IN PEN AND BROWN INK, LOWER RIGHT :  F. BOUCHER AND BEARS ATTRIBUTION IN RED CHALK ON THE BACKING SHEET : F. BOUCHER
Crayon noir, estompe et rehauts de craie blanche et de lavis gris
Porte une signature à l'encre brune en bas à droite : F. Boucher, et porte une attribution à la sanguine au dos de la feuille de montage : F. Boucher

 


380 x 400 mm ; 15 by 15¾ in
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Catalogue Note

A lively and spirited drawing, this large composition does not directly relate to any surviving works by Boucher but may have been executed in preparation for a tapestry or a painting. We are most grateful to Madame Françoise Joulie who, from an image, has confirmed the attribution to Boucher and has suggested a possible dating, on stylistic grounds, to 1745. 

Madame Joulie has commented on various aspects of the composition, highlighting elements that are characteristic of Boucher, especially the arrangement of figures, the application of chalk and the use of stumping.  She compares the placement of the figures in the present sheet to two studies now in the Louvre‘s collection (Inv. nos. 24757 and 24758).

Boucher approached the subject of Bacchus and Ariadne in 1749 when he was commissioned to produce the designs for a series of nine tapestries representing Les Amours des Dieux.

Bacri frères Antiquaires, Paris – Collection Jacques Bacri

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