November 22, 1985
Hôtel Drouot, [lot 4]
Art Market (London)
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Study of a Female Figure with a Putto (recto); Study of a Male Nude (verso)
Simon Vouet (French, 1590 - 1649)
France (Place Created)
Black chalk with white chalk
38.7 × 21.7 cm (15 1/4 × 8 9/16 in.)
From this low point of view, this nude female figure draped with a cloth appears large and strong. She seems to be considering something in front of her, tilting her head sideways as she reaches out and steps forward. The
Vouet applied black chalk in long grace strokes, describing the gentle curves of the woman's arms and body with strong outlines and subtle shading. The shading enhances the impression of mass and solidity. Dark shadows that extend backwards from the feet of both figures also contribute to the illusion of weight and mass.
In the male nude on