Louis Léopold Boilly (French, La Bassée 1761–1845 Paris)
Conté crayon, stumping, heightened with white chalk on faded blue paper
sheet: 11 1/2 x 8 7/16 in. (29.2 x 21.5 cm)
Gift of Louis de Bayser, 2009
Not on view
This study of a bust of Minerva set into a niche is related to Reunion of Artists, Boilly’s famous group portrait of contemporary artists, sculptors, and architects gathered in the studio of Jean-Baptiste Isabey (French, 1767–1855). The bust was part of a stylish up-to-the-minute décor designed by Charles Percier (French, 1764–1838) and Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (French, 1762–1853), the leading architects of the period. In the finished painting they stand together, admiring a drawing just below the oversized statue.
Donor: Louis de Bayser (French)
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille. "Boilly (1761-1845)," November 4, 2011–February 6, 2011.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," June 23, 2015–September 28, 2015.
Henry Harrisse L.-L. Boilly, peintre, dessinateur et lithographe: Sa vie et son œuvre, 1761–1845. Société de Propagation des Livres d'Art, Paris, 1898, p. 163, no. 879.
Annie Scottez-De Wambrechies, Florence Raymond Boilly (1761-1845). Exh. cat., Palais de Beaux Arts de Lille, November 4, 2011-February 6, 2012. Paris, 2011, cat. no. 96, ill.