Portrait of a Young Man

Pierre Narcisse Guérin French

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This drawing of a young man in classical dress is a rarity in Guérin’s oeuvre as the artist only made portraits of members of his close circle. Likely one of his students, the subject here is rendered in a soft, diffuse light, his eyes uplifted and dark curls of hair framing his face. Guérin instructed that after his death the drawings remaining in the studio be divided among nine students, then shared by them with other pupils unnamed in the will. In this case, the inscription on the mount indicates that the drawing went first to Alphonse-Henri Périn, who then presented it to Stéphane Vignes.

Portrait of a Young Man, Pierre Narcisse Guérin (French, Paris 1774–1833 Rome), Black chalk, stumping, heightened with white chalk

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