Jean-Baptiste PILLEMENT (Lyon 1728 - Lyon 1808)
Pastoral Landscape with Herdsmen and Cattle
Pastel, watercolour, charcoal and black chalk on prepared canvas.
Signed and dated J. Pillement 1790 in black chalk at the lower left.
233 x 336 mm. (9 1/8 x 13 1/4 in.)
A similar pair of blue pastel landscapes on canvas, both dated 1767, was sold at auction in France in 2011. Pillement also produced a handful of pastel landscapes similar in colouring and effect, but drawn on blue paper rather than on a prepared canvas, such as a large drawing of peasants near a farm, signed and dated 1795, in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Béziers.
Private collection, New York, since c.1900
Didier Aaron, Inc., New York, in 1996
New York, Brame & Lorenceau, Kate de Rothschild and Didier Aaron, Master Drawings, exhibition catalogue, 1996, unpaginated, no.32; Clifford S. Ackley, ‘The Intuitive Eye: Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Horace Wood Brock’, in Horace Wood Brock, Martin P. Levy and Clifford S. Ackley, Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection, exhibition catalogue, Boston, 2009, p.94 and p.155, no.91, illustrated p.95; Neil Jeffares, ‘Jean-Baptiste Pillement’, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800 [online edition], no.J.592.294.