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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 78

    François Lemoyne (Paris 1688-1737)

    A seated academic nude with his hands clasped

    Price Realised  

    François Lemoyne (Paris 1688-1737)
    A seated academic nude with his hands clasped
    with signature 'fr. le Moyne'
    red and white chalk on light brown paper
    11 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (300 x 181 mm.)


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    We thank Professor Jean-Luc Bordeaux for kindly confirming the attribution. He points out that the inscription is by the same hand as those on other drawings by the artist which mostly date from his sojourn in Italy in 1724, or not long after his return to France (J.-L. Bordeaux, François Lemoyne and his generation, Paris, 1984, D8, D38, D45, D54, D57-D60).
    This might be an early study for The Transfiguration painted in 1723-4 on the ceiling of the Chapel Saint-Louis in Church of Saint-Thomas d'Aquin, Paris.

    Provenance

    W. H. Bates (L. 2604).