'Le Petit Mathématicien'
Property from a Private Collection, Japan
Tournus 1725 - 1805 Paris
'Le Petit Mathématicien'
oil on canvas
unframed: 46.2 x 38.3 cm.; 18 1/4 x 15 1/8 in.
framed: 84 x 76 cm.; 33 x 29 7/8 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. There is quite a distinct network of craquelure visible throughout. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some fine lines of retouching to disguise the appearance of some of this craquelure, largely in the boy's hair and also in his eyes. There is some broader retouching to the background, particularly in the upper right corner and along the lower margin. The painting presents well in its current state and is in overall good condition.
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Probably Count Nicolas Demidoff (1773-1828), Villa San Donato, Florence;
Thence by descent to his son, Anatole N. Demidoff, Prince of San Donato (1812-70), Villa San Donato, Florence;
His sale ('Collections de San Donato'), Paris, Pillet, 26 February 1870, lot 114 ('L'Etude');
Count Potocki, Warsaw;
Prince Yousoupoff, St. Petersburg, before 1905;
With Wildenstein, Buenos Aires, by 1946;
From whom purchased, in 1948, by a private collector;
By whom anonymously sold ('Property of a Family Collection'), New York, Sotheby's, 14 January 1988, lot 212, for $115,500;
Anonymous sale ('The Arts of France Sale'), New York, Christie's, 21 October 1997, lot 88.
Probably J. Martin and C. Masson, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné de Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Suivi de la liste des gravures exécutées d'après ses ouvrages, Paris 1905, p. 35, cat. nos 497 and 498.