Greuze the Draftsman
Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805) is universally regarded as one of France's greatest artists of the eighteenth century. He was adored by Catherine the Great of Russia, and his work praised by the French philosopher Diderot who wrote "this man draws like an angel." Today, in a climate where drawings are selling for record sums in excess of $12 million, Greuze is highly valued for his portraits and genre scenes.
Greuze's drawings are often witty, playing with and reversing standard allegorical traditions, and display a voluptuousness and movement that foreshadow Géricault and the French Romantic school. This long-awaited publication is the first on Greuze for 30 years.
With nearly 400 illustrations, of which 85 are in color, this sumptuously produced book represents a comprehensive overview of the best of Greuze's work, with a rich variety of drawings in many media. Accompanying texts explain the significance of each work and provide historical information about technique, and provenance. Greuze the Draftsman will be a lasting record for art historians, especially those interested in drawing, as well as the wider drawing and general art markets.
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