Léon-Jean Basile Perrault
Study of a Sleeping Peasant Girl
Black and white chalk on gray-green paper.
8 1/16 x 12 3/4 inches (205 x 324 mm)
Gift of Helen Costantino Fioratti and Arturo G. Costantino in honor of Cara Dufour Denison.
The artist's studio stamp (mark not in Lugt); Private collection, Paris, circa 1960; Count A.G. Costantino, Washington.
L'Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, The Aesthetic Pursuit: Form, Figure, Fantasy and the Pastoral Idea, New York, 1998, no. 77.
A native of Poitiers, Léon-Jean Basile Perrault studied with Francois-Edouard Picot and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. These two masters imparted to Perrault the then current taste for the Beaux Arts, a style that brought him great success at the Paris Salons of 1861, 1864, 1876, and 1878. This drawing of a peasant girl, which probably relates to the painting Bettina (ca. 1879, location unknown), is a characteristic example of Perrault's tender depictions of women and children, a genre he was famous for in his own time.