Saturday, August 23, 2014

Greuze, Jean-Baptiste, 1725-1805.

*Biographical Data: Tournus 1725-1805 Paris
*Title: Head of a Young Man [drawing].
*Published/Created: 18th century
Medium/Support: Red chalk on paper.
Dimensions: 15 x 12 3/16 inches (382 x 310 mm)
Credit: Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Genres: Drawings --French --18th century.
Notes: Greuze made more than one version of this study which, while related to his painting of 1777, "The Return of the Prodigal Son", now in the collection of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, is not really preparatory for it, but rather a "tête d’expression", a study intended to represent a particular emotional condition.
Inscriptions/Markings: Inscribed in pencil at lower right, "Greuze".
Provenance: Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
Associated Names: Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.

Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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