Jean Michel Moreau le Jeune French

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Moreau was from a family of artists and began his training young, entering the studio of Louis Joseph le Lorrain. He was granted a prestigious series of appointments in the royal household and is responsible for a prodigious output of works on paper, chronicling court events and creating designs for fashion plates and book illustrations. His work was frequently exhibited at Salons both before and after the French revolution. Unlike many of his surviving drawings, this large watercolor bacchanal was likely executed as an autonomous work, rather than as a model for a print.

Bacchanale, Jean Michel Moreau le Jeune (French, Paris 1741–1814 Paris), Pen and black ink and watercolor, over traces of black chalk, heightened with white

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