Head of a Young Boy

Jean-Baptiste Greuze French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 639

Greuze exhibited this character study of a young boy at the Salon of 1763, at which time it belonged to the celebrated drawings collector Pierre Jean Mariette. Relatively rough brushwork is used throughout—the individual strokes are not disguised. This is deliberate and typical of studies that Greuze made from models rather than his commissioned portraits.

Head of a Young Boy, Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, Tournus 1725–1805 Paris), Oil on canvas

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