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French School circa 1880, Portrait of a boy holding a book, drawing

circa 1880

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French school circa 1880 Portrait of a boy holding a book graphite and white gouache on paper 39.5 x 32 cm oval view in good condition, slightly yellowed with age In its original oval frame and mount, numerous stains and foxing. The back of the frame has just been replaced. This strikingly realistic portrait is typical of the golden age of portraiture in the second half of the 19th century. It was also the time, with the invention of photography, when the painted and drawn portrait was most seriously challenged. This forced artists to outdo themselves to prove their superiority over this new invention. The great technical mastery is evident in this portrait, but the artist was also able to capture the young boy's inner self and convey the special psychology of childhood.
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1880
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 15.56 in (39.5 cm)Width: 12.6 in (32 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: Inv 7211stDibs: LU1112213953642
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