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Le Bas, Jacques Philippe; Chardin, Jean-Siméon (after)
Etude du dessin Etude du dessin
1757 1757

A student, seated in a modestly outfitted studio, studies intently a reproduction of Jean-Baptiste Pigalle’s Mercury Tying his Sandal (1744, Paris, Musée du Louvre). Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin selected Pigalle’s figure for its twisting dynamism. With this choice, he also makes a significant statement about contemporary sculpture being just as edifying for young artists as classical examples. Drawing after famous works of art trained the artist in form, line and composition.

 
Le Bas, Jacques Philippe; Chardin, Jean-Siméon (after)
Paris, France 1707-Paris, France 1783; Paris, France 1699-Paris, France 1779 Paris, France 1707-Paris, France 1783; Paris, France 1699-Paris, France 1779
Etude du dessin Etude du dessin
1757 1757
Engraving on paper Engraving on paper
height / width: 29.40 x 32.90 cm; 11.57 x 12.95 in.
Purchase, W. McAllister Johnson Fund, 1988 Purchase, W. McAllister Johnson Fund, 1988
31-004

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