Group of Artists in Jean-Baptiste Isabey's Studio

Louis Léopold Boilly French

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Boilly’s paintings chronicled contemporary life in Paris in a sumptuous and tactile technique reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch genre scenes. This sheet is a study for one of his most famous works, A Gathering of Artists in the Studio of Isabey. Exhibited at the Salon of 1798, the finished painting is a group portrait of thirty-one prominent artistic figures. This quickly worked study, constructed of velvety shadows and sparkling highlights, focuses on the group of figures around a table that appears on the right side of the composition. Through the variety of their poses and activities, Boilly stressed the creative conviviality of the artist’s studio.

Group of Artists in Jean-Baptiste Isabey's Studio, Louis Léopold Boilly (French, La Bassée 1761–1845 Paris), Conté crayon, stumping, heightened with white chalk

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