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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1965.235
People
François Boucher, French (Paris 1703 - 1770 Paris)
Title
Reclining Nude
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
18th century
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Red and white chalk on light tan antique laid paper, partial framing lines in black chalk and black ink, laid down on a decorated mount
Dimensions
31.8 × 41.6 cm (12 1/2 × 16 3/8 in.)
57 × 67 × 4 cm (22 7/16 × 26 3/8 × 1 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: lower right, blind stamp: Addison
  • inscription: lower center, brown ink: fr. Boucher
  • stamp: old mount, blind stamp: ARD
Provenance
Alphonse Kann, St-Germain-en-Laye; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 6-8 December 1920, lot 74; Durlacher Brothers, London and New York (by c. 1925); John Nicolas Brown II, Providence; his partial gift; to Meta and Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge; Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, 1965.235
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
1965
Object Number
1965.235
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

“French XVIII-Century Art", Notes (Fogg Art Museum), ed. John Coolidge, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1931), vol. 2, no. 6, June, pp. 310-16, pp. 312, 316

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 596, p. 319, vol. 3, p. viii

William G. Constable, “The Nude: Showing a 5-Century Ideal", ArtNews, ed. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ARTnews (1946), vol. 44, no. 19, January, pp. 8-10, p. 10

William G. Constable, The Nude in Art: Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, 1946), cat. no. 6, p. 7

Paul J. Sachs, The Pocket Book of Great Drawings, Pocket Books, Inc. (New York, 1951), pp. 88-90

Paul Wescher and Ebria Feinblatt, A Catalogue of Italian, French, and Spanish Paintings: XIV-XVIII Century, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, 1954), p. 63

An Exhibition of Drawings, exh. cat., Colby College, Miller Library (Waterville, 1956), cat. no. 10, n.p.

Regina Shoolman Slatkin, François Boucher: An Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, exh. cat., Charles E. Slatkin Galleries (New York, 1957), cat. no. 4, n.p.

Agnes Mongan, De Clouet a Matisse: Dessins français des collections américaines, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, 1958), cat. no. 32, n.p.

Agnes Mongan, Van Clouet tot Matisse: tentoonstelling van franse tekeningen uit amerikaanse collecties, exh. cat., Museum Boymans (Rotterdam, 1958), cat. no. 32, n.p.

Agnes Mongan, French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1959), cat. no. 32, p. 44, pl. 42, repr.

"Acquisitions", Acquisitions (Fogg Art Museum), ed. John Coolidge, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1965), pp. 17-58, p. 24

Agnes Mongan, Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965] : given and bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1965), cat. no. 29, n.p.

Alexandre Ananoff, L’Œuvre dessiné de François Boucher (1703–1770): catalogue raisonné, Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1966), vol. 1, cat. no. 471, pp. 134-35

Daniel M. Mendelowitz, Drawing, Stanford University Press (Stanford, 1967), pp. 142, 331, 333

Regina Shoolman Slatkin, François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, 1973), cat. no. 35, pp. x, xxi, 45

Nathan Goldstein, Figure Drawing: The Structure, Anatomy, and Expressive Design of Human Form, Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, 1976), pp. 156-57

Denys Sutton, François Boucher: A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the New York Botanical Garden, exh. cat., Wildenstein & Company (New York, 1980), cat. no. 45, p. 47

Nathan Goldstein, Figure Drawing: The Structure, Anatomy, and Expressive Design of Human Form, Prentice Hall (Englewood Cliffs, 1981), pp. 175, 183, 260

Terisio Pignatti and Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel, Il disegno: da Altamira a Picasso, A. Mondadori (Milan, 1981), p. 269

Georges Brunel, Boucher et les femmes, Flammarion (Paris, 1986), p. 58

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), cat. no. 276, p. 236

Cara Dufour Denison, Rhoda Eitel-Porter, and Jennifer Tonkovich, The Age of Elegance: The Joan Taub Ades Collection, exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library (New York, 2011), pp. 24, 85-n.2

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 71, 281, repr. p. 66 as fig. 1

Exhibition History

The Nude in Art: Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 01/01/1946 - 02/03/1946

Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University (Collected by Paul J. Sachs), Century Club, New York, 05/12/1947 - 09/25/1947

An Exhibition of Drawings, Colby College, Miller Library, Waterville, 04/27/1956 - 05/23/1956

François Boucher: An Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York, 01/28/1957 - 02/23/1957

French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse, Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, 07/31/1958 - 09/28/1958; Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 10/24/1958 - 01/02/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02/03/1959 - 03/15/1959

Memorial Exhibition: Works of Art from the Collection of Paul J. Sachs [1878-1965] Given and Bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/15/1965 - 01/15/1966; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 12/19/1966 - 02/26/1967

François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Landover, 12/23/1973 - 03/17/1974; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 04/04/1974 - 05/12/1974

François Boucher: A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the New York Botanical Garden, Wildenstein & Company, New York, 11/12/1980 - 12/19/1980

HAA 271x The Origins of Modernity: The "New" 18th Century Rotation #2: Large Niche (S426A) Spring 2011, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2011 - 06/18/2011

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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