The Dream of Saint Joseph
Property from a Private Collection, Japan
Paris 1703 - 1770
The Dream of Saint Joseph
oil on canvas
unframed: 73.5 x 92.4 cm.; 28 7/8 x 36 3/8 in.
framed: 100.2 x 117.2 cm.; 39 1/2 x 46 1/8 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear, if a little uneven. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals scattered retouchings throughout, comprised mostly of cosmetic restoration, though with more concentrated areas to repaired damages in: the blue drapery of the Virgin, centre; along the left half of the lower margin; and in the angel's chest and right side. The painting presents well in its current state, however, and does not appear in need of any further intervention.
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Identified by Alastair Laing as one of Boucher's earliest surviving works, dating to circa 1721-24, painted while the artist was working in the studio of his first master, François Le Moyne. Dr. Jean-Luc Bordeaux points out that the angel appears strongly indebted to that in Le Moyne's Adoration of the Shepherds, of 1721,1 a preparatory drawing for which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 61.130.5).2
1 See Bordeaux 1984, p. 85, cat. no. 29, reproduced fig. 25.