Jean-Baptiste LE PRINCE (Metz 1734 - Saint-Denis-du-Port 1781)
A Russian Peasant Family in an Interior
Pen and grey ink and grey wash, over an underdrawing in black chalk, with framing lines in brown ink.
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.)
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.
Possibly the posthumous vente Le Prince, Paris, Hôtel de Lubert, 28 November 1781 onwards
Galerie de Bayser Paris
Stiebel, Ltd., New York