Youth Sleeping in a Chair

François André Vincent French

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Vincent was trained in the atelier of Joseph Marie Vien and traveled to Rome in 1771 to study at the Académie de France. While a gifted draftsman, he had a mutable style, close in his early years to that of Jean Honoré Fragonard, then shifting more toward Neoclassicism in the 1780s, though he always maintained a natural vigor in his handling of ink and chalk.

Drawings done from life after posed models—both nude and clothed—were part of the formal curriculum at the Académie de France. Vincent here used black and white chalks to convincingly render the fall of light on the heavy drapery of the dozing figure.

Youth Sleeping in a Chair, François André Vincent (French, Paris 1746–1816 Paris), Black chalk, heightened with white on brownish paper

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