Jean-Baptiste Perronneau

Portrait of a Boy with a Book

Portrait of a Boy with a Book
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Author: Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas, 63x52 cm
Origin: France, 1740s

Whilst most French artists in the 18th century were following the stately principles of the formal, court portrait, Perronneau was one of the few to adhere to largely realistic principles. The appearance of this fragile youth, his vivid glance, expressing his attempts to understand some complex text or idea, reveals the child's inner trouble. The soft, somewhat dull colour range recalls the pastel technique in which Perronneau preferred to work. At the Salon of 1746 this painting was described as "portrait of a young schoolboy, the author's brother, holding a book", which explains the warmth and tenderness of the artist's depiction of the thin, pale boy.

Source of entry: Collection of A. G. Teplov, St Petersburg, 1781
Exibition: French Art: 15th - 18th centuries

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