René-François-Xavier Prinet

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René-François-Xavier Prinet
Study of a Young Man Beside a Piano
Watercolor, black chalk, some charcoal and graphite on paper.
12 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches (311 x 238 mm)
Gift of William M. Voelkle in honor of Cara Dufour Denison.

Signed and inscribed at lower left, "A Antoinette Gide,/ en Souvenir de la Soirée de 21 Sept. 1921/ Rene X Prinet"

William M. Voelkle.

René-Francois-Xavier Prinet studied with Gérôme, Courtois, and Dagnan-Bouveret, establishing a career as a painter and illustrator of religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, interiors, and landscapes. Among his many projects, he was a co-creator of the Salon des Tuileries and taught at the Académie Libre as well as at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. This sheet, dedicated to Antoinette Gide as a souvenir of a soirée held in September 1921, depicts a young man dressed in mid-nineteenth- century costume. Standing beside a pianoforte, he may represent a composer, while the possibility also exists that the figure is actually a young woman (Antoinette Gide?) dressed in male attire.