Study of a Seated Man (recto); Study of a Male Nude (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Study of a Seated Man (recto); Study of a Male Nude (verso)

Artist/Maker:

Jean-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699 - 1779)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place created)

Date:

about 1720 - 1725

Medium:

Charcoal and white chalk

Dimensions:

25.6 x 16.7 cm (10 1/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

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Jean-Siméon Chardin had the ability to infuse the most ordinary scenes of everyday life with an aura of dignity and value. In this simple drawing, a man wearing a large brimmed hat and long frock coat relaxes with his cane in his hands on a square box or stool and looks away over his right shoulder. Chardin built up the forms with a series of rapid, somewhat heavy, black lines, heightened with additional strokes of white chalk that give a sense of immediacy and vibrancy to the otherwise static image. With a few bold strokes, he established a mood of quiet contemplation generated by his own direct observation and that of the seated man, who gazes off into the distance. Chardin made this figure study in preparation for a painting.

On the verso, Chardin drew an académie,a study of a nude man, probably made during his early artistic training. All of Chardin's known drawings date from his early career, as he gave up draftsmanship by the 1730s.

Provenance
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Private Collection, Paris

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Art Market, Paris

Exhibitions
French Master Drawings (December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (25; recto)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (98; recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Figure Drawings (December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 17, 1996 to April 6, 1997
French Drawings from the Age of Greuze (September 10 to December 1, 2002) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 10 to December 1, 2002