Three Young Artists in a Studio

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Three Young Artists in a Studio


Louis-Léopold Boilly (French, 1761 - 1845)




about 1820


Black chalk with white chalk heightening and stumping on beige paper

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29.8 × 36.5 cm (11 3/4 × 14 3/8 in.)

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Louis-Léopold Boilly's depiction of three artists in a studio conveys the serious and dignified role that he ascribed to the profession. Boilly's harmonious use of black-and-white chalk on beige paper further underscores the subject's sobriety. The three fashionably dressed men, with their tousled hair and intense expressions, confront the viewer with a sense of their fierce commitment to their metier and to each other. In Boilly's numerous variations on this theme, artists are shown in their studios, engaged in discussion with fellow-artists and surrounded by the fruits of their labors. It is likely that Boilly's three sons, all of whom became artists, were the models for this sheet.

October 20, 2000

Etude Tajan, French, lot 16

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
Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) (November 4, 2011 to February 6, 2012)
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts (Lille), November 4, 2011 to February 6, 2012
Education Resources

Education Resource




Language through Art (Beginning)

Lesson in which students study artwork related to people at work and use job-related vocabulary and adjectives to describe feelings.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; Adult Learners

Single Class Lesson