Study of a Female Nude

Object Details

Title:

Study of a Female Nude

Artist/Maker(s):

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 marblelike 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 softly yielding treatment of the skin achieved with short repetitive lines of hatching.

Provenance

Charles Boulanger de Boisfremont, (L. 353)

Marcel Caron, Paris

Jean Bloch, Paris

Galerie Berès

December 18, 1908

Hôtel Drouot, lot 23

June 13, 1961

Palais Galliera, lot 8 (Bloch sale)

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