Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1858-1823)
Black, white, and pale pink chalk, some stumping, on blue paper
23 3/16 x 12 7/16 inches (589 x 316 mm)
Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum; 1974.71
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Prud’hon gave a new refinement and finish to the drawing of the nude, working in black and white chalk and—in the case
of this sheet—a pale pink, almost flesh-colored chalk.
The drawing is a study for the figure of Innocence in the painting L’Amour séduit l’Innocence, le Plaisir l’entrâine, le
Repentir suit. Here Prud’hon already knew how the figure of Innocence would be placed in the final painting: with the left
arm of a youth, personifying Love, draped around her shoulder.
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