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Louis Leopold Boilly "Little siblings", two outstanding drawings!!, 1800/05
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This pair of drawings was acquired in October 2016 at the US auction house "Locati" (they were listed under a rather absurd and unfounded title "The Dauphin and Madame Royale"). These superior quality drawings depict (respectively) a little (he appears to be about 4/5 years old) boy and his younger sister she appears to be 2/3 years old). Once we discovered them in the pre-sale online catalogue of "Locati", we immediately recognized them as absolutely typical (see our comparison images nr.15-26) works of famous, turn of the 19th century artist Louis Leopold Boilly.
Louis-Leopold Boilly (1761 La Bassée - 1845) was a French painter. A number of his paintings vividly document the French middle-class social life of his time.
Boilly was born in La Bassée in northern France but moved to Arras at the age of seventeen to receive instruction in "trompe l'oeil" painting from Dominique Doncre (1743-1820). Seven years later Boilly moved to Paris where he exhibited in the Salon between 1791 and 1824 - receiving a gold medal in 1804.
In 1794, Boilly was condemned by the Comite de Salut Public, at the height of Terror, for the erotic undertones of his work. This offence was remedied by an eleventh-hour discovery in his home of the more patriotic Triumph of Marat (Musee des Beaux Arts, Lille) which saved him from serious penalties.
Boilly's early works tended towards a preference for amorous and moralising subjects. The Suitor's Gift is comparable to much of his work in the 1790's. His small-scale paintings with carefully mannered colouring and precise detailing recalled the work of Dutch seventeenth-century genre painters such as Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), Willem van Mieris and Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681), of whose work Boilly owned an important collection. After 1794, Boilly began to produce far more crowded compositions that which serve as social chronicals. Boilly was also well respected for his portraiture, producing many portraits of the middle classes and other famous contemporaries.
Condition: fairly good; in identical original frames
Creation Year: 1800/05
Measurements: UNFRAMED:20,0x20,0cm/7,9x7,9in FRAMED: 29,6x29,0cm/11,7x11,4in
Object Type: Framed drawings
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: both: charcoal and watercolor on paper (tondo)
Creator: Louis-Leopold Boilly
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Creator Dates: 1761 La Bassée-1845
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