François Boucher

Studies of the Head and Hands of a Seated Boy for "Of Three Things, Will You Do One for Me?"

c. 1733
In the three exquisite studies on this single sheet, Boucher worked out the pose and gestures of a seated boy for a painting he made in 1733. In the finished picture the boy holds the hand of a young woman. With his usual facility in red chalk, Boucher explored various positions of the boy's head. In the little sketch at the lower right, he finally arrived at a satisfactory profile, opting for a more direct confrontation between the two figures in the finished painting.
Title
Studies of the Head and Hands of a Seated Boy for "Of Three Things, Will You Do One for Me?"
Date
c. 1733
Medium
Drawing
Materials
red and white chalk, with border in pen and black ink, on brown laid paper
Dimensions
35 x 26.9 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1983
Accession number
28217r