Charles Boulanger de Boisfremont, (L. 353)
December 18, 1908
Hôtel Drouot, lot 23
Marcel Caron, French, Paris
Jean Bloch, Paris
June 13, 1961
Palais Galliera, [Bloch sale, Palais Galliera, Paris, June 13, 1961, lot 8.]
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Study of a Female Nude
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (French, 1758 - 1823)
Black and white chalk with stumping on blue paper
60.3 × 31.8 cm (23 3/4 × 12 1/2 in.)
The nude model's head tilts downward with closed eyes, conveying a sensual aura of dreaminess. The naturalistic texture of her hair, gathered in a bun with delicate curls framing her face, contrasts with the marble-like texture of her skin. Her pose, seated with her arm extended upward and illuminated from the upper left, almost certainly imitates antique sculpture.
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon displayed his classical understanding of the female body in this intimate study, rendering the figure in a series of volumes--cylindrical legs and arms, conical breasts, triangular nose--with a treatment of the skin that yields a soft effect, achieved with short repetitive lines of hatching.