Hoin produced a large number of chalk drawings on blue paper, often with pastel highlights. He also executed a number of works in gouache as well as being a talented miniaturist. His output in the pastel medium highlights his love of bold and animated colours and his application demonstrates a strong sense of draftsmanship. Hoin would frequently copy works by the Old Masters using pastel as his preferred medium.
The present work, a strong and inquisitive self portrait (a genre that Hoin clearly enjoyed as he produced so many), dates to circa 1805, and shares similar characteristics to the elegant head studies that he drew on blue paper around the same time. The soft and almost sfumato effects display a knowledge of other great pastellists like Rosalba Carriera and La Tour, who in fact we know he studied and admired, as he left two Rosalba pastels and three La Tour sketches to Dijon upon his death.
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