Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié enjoyed a successful career as a painter of history and religious subjects but in the later years of his life he also executed a number of genre scenes which he regularly submitted to the biannual Salons. The present study epitomises Lépicié's gentle and intimate approach to his genre subjects. His Old Beggar reaches out his hand in a gesture that is tinged with sadness but manages to strike the right balance of sentimentality, one that is not too overt. The present drawing, whilst a study, satisfies as a work of art in its own right due to its level of finish and the fact it is signed.
1. P. Gaston Dreyfus, op.cit., p. 95, no. 259 (Mendiant Vieux et Enfant); A.L. Clark & C. Leribault, From Watteau to David: The Horvitz Collection, exh. cat., Paris, Petit Palais, 2017, no. 174
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