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Jean-Baptiste Greuze
PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN A BLACK WAISTCOAT, TURNED TO THE RIGHT
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 62,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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215
Jean-Baptiste Greuze
PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN A BLACK WAISTCOAT, TURNED TO THE RIGHT
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 62,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Jean-Baptiste Greuze
TOURNUS 1725 - 1805 PARIS
PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN A BLACK WAISTCOAT, TURNED TO THE RIGHT

Provenance

Probably Charles Nicolas Duclos-Dufresnoy (1733-1794), Paris;
His posthumous sale, Paris, 18-21 August 1795, lot 25;
Acquired at the above by Téas, Paris;
Private collection, France;
Carmen de Tommaso, later Marie-Louise Carven-Grog (1909-2015), Paris;
By whose estate sold, Paris, Pierre Berge & Associés, 25 November 2015, lot 24 (as "Entourage de Jean-Baptiste Greuze."

Bibliographie

J. Smith, Catalogue raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters, vol. VIII, London 1837, p. 415, no. 52;
J. Martin and C. Masson, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné de Jean-Baptiste Greuze, in C. Mauclair, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Paris 1906, cat. no. 952.

Description

Dr. Edgar Munhall believed that this endearing portrait of a young boy is indeed the picture described in the Duclos-Dufresnoy sale as "un jeune garçon coëffé en cheveux plats, & portant un gilet noir..."  Charles-Nicolas Duclos-Dufresnoy (1733-1795) was one of the artist's most important patrons, owning no fewer than 23 paintings by Greuze, including two of his most famous large-scale compositions, Twelfth Night (now in the Musée Fabre, Montpelier, inv. no. 836.4.27) and The Charitable Lady (now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, inv. no. B 576).1  The subject matter is one that the artist returned to throughout his career; Munhall noted three portraits of a young boy in a similar waistcoat and ruffled shirt, though with different hairstyles and facial features.  Munhall dated the picture to circa 1785.

Dr. Munhall's letter of expertise accompanies the present lot. 

1. See C. Bailey, Patriotic Taste, New Haven & London 2002, pp. 131-144. 

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