Louis Boilly

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Louis Boilly
Standing Man Seen Three-Quarter-Length, Facing Left
Black and white chalk, on brown wove paper.
10 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches (268 x 239 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.

Watermark: none.
This study of a man, with his hat and coat set aside and his vest open as he leans wearily on two boxes, is part of Boilly's preparations for “The Movings” (Les Déménagements), a painting that Boilly exhibited in the Salon of 1822 (now in the Art Institute of Chicago, acc. no. 1982.494). The scene depicts a street in Paris on a warm day during which several families, unable to afford their rent, are packing their belongings to head in search of new lodgings. While Boilly used a young model for this study, the painting depicts an older man pausing for a moment as he loads a wagon. Boilly's scene captures the tension of urban living and also the chaos and messiness of being compelled to find new quarters. At left in the background is a church, a replica of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Rome, alluding to the inhabitants moving away from the Roman church as well.
The painting was a success and a print after the composition was made by Jean-Henri Marlet. A large watercolor sketch of the entire scene is in the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille (acc. no. PL1110), and the Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris, preserves a small replica in oils made by the artist in 1840 (acc. no. 8).

Unidentified collector's dry stamp "FM"; Walter Goetz (1911-1995), London; sale, London, Christie's, 8 December 1976, lot 113 (as “Study of a Tailor”).

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Eighteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975-1977. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978, p. 249.
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 95.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 97, repr.
Denison, Cara D., with Stephanie Wiles and Ruth S. Kraemer. Fantasy and Reality : Drawings from the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Collection. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1995, no. 26, repr.

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