Study of a Female Nude

Object Details

Title:

Study of a Female Nude

Artist/Maker:

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (French, 1758 - 1823)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1800

Medium:

Black and white chalk with stumping on blue paper

Dimensions:

60.3 x 31.8 cm (23 3/4 x 12 1/2 in.)

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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.

Provenance
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Charles Boulanger de Boisfremont, (L. 353)

December 18, 1908

Hôtel Drouot, lot 23

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Marcel Caron, Paris

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Jean Bloch, Paris

June 13, 1961

Palais Galliera, lot 8 (Bloch sale)

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Galerie Berès

Exhibitions
The Body Beautiful: Artists Draw the Nude (1440 - 1880) (December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 14, 1999 to February 27, 2000
To Create a Living Art: 19th Century Drawings (May 1 to July 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 1 to July 15, 2001
A Revolutionary Age: Drawing in Europe, 1770-1820 (January 18 to May 1, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 18 to May 1, 2005
Defining Modernity: European Drawings 1800-1900 (June 5 to September 9, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 5 to September 9, 2007
Drawing the Classical Figure (December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009
Hatched! Creating Form with Line (March 11 to June 1, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 11 to June 1, 2014