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Circle of François Boucher
MALE ACADEMY NUDE LYING ON A STONE

Provenance

Collection M. de Sireul,
his sale, 3 December 1781, no. 219 ('Une autre Académie, représentant un home nu couché sur une pierre, aux crayons noirs et blanc.'),
bought by Poyane for 13 livres and I sol;
sale, New York, Sotheby's, 28 January 1998, lot 215 (as François Boucher);
where acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado

Catalogue Note

Whilst the present sheet has an illustrious provenance and is a capable academy study, another stronger and more assured drawing of this figure, in trois crayons, is recorded by Ananoff as being in the Cailleux Collection, Paris.The figure was also engraved, in reverse, by Louis Félix de la Rue.2

We are grateful to Alastair Laing, who, from recently seeing the drawing in the original, has concluded that the Berger drawing must be by an artist working in Boucher's circle.

1. A. Ananoff, L'oeuvre dessiné de Boucher, Paris 1966, p. 147, cat. 528, fig. 98

2. P. Jean-Richard, L'oeuvre gravé de François Boucher, Musée du Louvre, Collection Edmond De Rothschild, Paris 1978, cat. 1266.

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