Landscape with Figures

Object Details

Title:

Landscape with Figures

Artist/Maker(s):

François Boucher (French, 1703 - 1770)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

about 1726 - 1728

Medium:

Red chalk on vellum

Dimensions:

30.5 x 49.2 cm (12 x 19 3/8 in.)

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In this early landscape, François Boucher aimed to create picturesque, poetic effects rather than fidelity to nature. To anchor his lush foliage of energetic chalk strokes, he built a strong underpinning of a winding road and solid buildings and filled the scene with props and details. The drawing is probably his only landscape on vellum.

Boucher may have made this drawing, along with Reclining Guitar Player,for his first tapestry series for the Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory. He designed this series, Les fêtes italiennes, between 1734 and 1746, and Beauvais produced and sold more copies of this tapestry series than any other. Before the Getty Museum purchased the drawing, the second Earl Spencer owned it.

Provenance

George John Spencer, second earl Spencer, British, 1758 - 1834

Maurice Fenaille

Eugene Thaw

Exhibitions
European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Drawn Toward Nature: Landscapes and Gardens in Ancién-Regime France (June 13 to August 27, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 13 to August 27, 1995
Red Chalk Drawings (March 16 to May 30, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to May 30, 1999
Watteau and His World: French Drawings from 1700 to 1750 (October 19, 1999 to May 8, 2000) (47; Catalogue by A. Wintermute)
  • The Frick Collection, (New York), October 19, 1999 to January 9, 2000
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (2000) (March 14 to May 28, 2000) (47; Catalogue by A. Wintermute)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to May 28, 2000
The Drawings of Francois Boucher (October 24, 2003 to April 18, 2004) (87; Catalogue by A. Laing)
  • Kimbell Art Museum, (Fort Worth), January 25 to April 18, 2004
Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th Century Motion Picture (March 14 to June 18, 2006) (87; Catalogue by A. Laing)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 14 to June 18, 2006
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009) (87; Catalogue by A. Laing)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009