FRANÇOIS LE MOYNE | RECTO: HEAD OF A WOMAN TURNING TO HER RIGHT, VERSO: HEAD STUDY OF A WOMAN IN PROFILE
FRANÇOIS LE MOYNE
Paris 1688 - 1737
RECTO: HEAD OF A WOMAN TURNING TO HER RIGHT
VERSO: HEAD STUDY OF A WOMAN IN PROFILE
Red chalk, with touches of white (recto and verso)
6 ⅞ by 5½ in.; 181 by 148 mm.
Some slight toning to the extremities of the verso. Otherwise in predominantly good condition throughout with the chalk reasonably fresh and the images (both recto and verso) strong. Sold in a giltwood frame.
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Alexandre Ananoff, Paris (L.3365)
J.-L. Bordeaux, François Le Moyne 1688-1737, and his generation, Neuilly-sur-Seine 1984, p. 158, no. D83, reproduced, fig. 211
Sensitively drawn in red chalk with touches of white chalk, this is a fine example of Le Moyne’s draughtmanship. In terms of the application of chalk, Jean-Luc Bordeaux points out that the ‘delicacy of the contours and the softness of the cross-hatching’ are entirely characteristic of the artist’s style.1 Many of Le Moyne’s drawings were preparatory studies for his painted commissions but no direct connection between this beautiful head study and a painting have been made. Bordeaux dates this study to the mid-1720s.2
1. Bordeaux, op.cit., p. 158, under no. 83