Jean-Baptiste LE PRINCE
(Metz 1734 - Saint-Denis-du-Port 1781)
A Russian Peasant Family in an Interior
Laid down on a 19th century mount.
Signed and dated Le Prince 1767 at the lower left.
182 x 239 mm. (7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)
SALE PRICE: £18,000
Signed and dated 1767, the present sheet is a fine and charming example of the numerous genre scenes set in Russia that Jean-Baptiste Le Prince produced after his return to France. As Kimerly Rorschach has written of Le Prince, ‘the artist distilled his observations of Russia into a series of images which served him throughout his working life. Repeated in paintings, drawings, prints and tapestries, Le Prince’s images brought the exotic flavour of far-away Russia into the drawing rooms of many a fashionable Frenchman.’
A finished watercolour of a similar domestic subject of a Russian family in an interior, though different in composition, is in the Musée Départemental des Vosges in Epinal.
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