Taraval's paintings of the 1770s evoke the sensuality of the French Rococo as much as any other artist. Here a young lady, in a dishevelled state of undress, writhes amongst the sheets apparently begging her recently departed lover back to bed. Taraval's influences were many, amongst them Natoire, Pierre and Charles-André Van Loo, but above all in this work we see that of Jean-Honoré Fragonard.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is clear. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some scattered areas of retouching, most notably in the curtain, upper centre and upper right, and along the bed sheet, lower right. Overall in very good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."