Boy with a Black Spaniel

François Hubert Drouais French

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The art critic Denis Diderot rarely praised the popular portraitist Drouais, but admitted that he “paints children well; he infuses their eyes with life, transparency, a moist richness, swimming so that they seem to gaze at you and smile at you at the same time.” Here Drouais paired such eyes with those of a puppy dangling in the child’s arms. This is probably an autograph replica of a painting shown at the Salon of 1767 and dated 1766.

Boy with a Black Spaniel, François Hubert Drouais (French, Paris 1727–1775 Paris), Oil on canvas

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