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118
Louis Jean François Lagrenée
A WOMAN UNDRESSED BY LOVE; A NYMPH LOOKING AT HERSELF IN THE WATER
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 EUR
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118
Louis Jean François Lagrenée
A WOMAN UNDRESSED BY LOVE; A NYMPH LOOKING AT HERSELF IN THE WATER
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

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Louis Jean François Lagrenée
PARIS 1725 - 1805
A WOMAN UNDRESSED BY LOVE; A NYMPH LOOKING AT HERSELF IN THE WATER
Quantity: 2
Both signed: L Lagrenée; the first on the rock lower right, the latter on the rock lower left 
A pair, both oil on copper
Each: 27,5 x 22 cm; 10 3/4   by 8 2/3  in.
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Provenance

Sold a few years after its realization;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Me Ader-Catroux, 20 March 1959, lots 14 and 15; 
Anonymous sale, Paris, Piasa, 17 December 2003, lot 98.

Exhibited

Probably Salon de 1781, n° 12 (several paintings under the same number).

Literature

L. Lagrenée, Etat des tableaux faits par Monsieur Lagrenée depuis son retour de Rome, p. 277, n° 308-309; 
E. Goncourt, 1877, p. 238; 
E. Goncourt, 1880, p. 351; 
M. Sandoz, Les Lagrenée : I.- Louis (Jean, François) Lagrenée, 1725-1805 Les Lagrenée : I.- Louis (Jean, François) Lagrenée, 1725-1805, Paris 1983, pp. 147, 271 and 369, nos. 352 and 353, reproduced pp. 267-268, pl. XXXVII (as 'wood, 14 p. x 11 p. ?' sic.).

Catalogue Note

This pair of coppers shows a new image of intimity and of the complexity between female characters by Lagrenée and the putti or the Cupidos which accompany them. The suave execution is what clients expected of the artist's oeuvre. 

These two paintings were executed a little after the departure of Lagrenée for his directorate in Rome and are certainly amongst the ones exhibited at the Salon of 1781, assembled under the same number without an indication of their respective titles. The book of the painter himself does not give the name of the buyers, nor their prices of sale. The Nymph is close in style to the Venus, conserved in the Musée d'Amiens.

We kindly thank Mr Joseph Assémat-Tessandier, author of a forthcoming thesis on the artist at the University of Geneva, for his help with compiling this catalogue notice.

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