Private Collection (France)
October 20, 2000
Etude Tajan, French, lot 16
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Three Young Artists in a Studio
Louis-Léopold Boilly (French, 1761 - 1845)
Black chalk with white chalk heightening and stumping on beige paper
29.8 × 36.5 cm (11 3/4 × 14 3/8 in.)
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.
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