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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Edme Bouchardon, French (Chaumont-en-Bassigny 1698 - 1762 Paris)
Previously attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre, French (Paris 1714 - 1789 Paris)
Standing Male Nude with Folded Arms
Work Type
18th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Red chalk on cream antique laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper, with blue wove paper borders adhered to face
36.3 x 20.4 cm (14 5/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: None
  • inscription: bottom left, black ink: (by a later hand): J. B. M. Pierre
  • collector's mark: lower right, black ink: baron Roger Portalis (L. 2232)
Baron Roger Portalis (Lugt 2232), Paris. [Christie’s, New York, January 10, 1990, lot 147 (as Pierre)]. [Christie’s, New York, January 10, 1996, lot 238], sold; to Jeffrey E. Horvitz, Boston, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 1999.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Barbara Brejon de Lavergnée, Jean-Francois Méjanès, Alain Mérot, Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Sophie Raux-Carpentier, William W. Robinson, Marianne Roland Michel, and Pierre Rosenberg, Mastery & Elegance: Two Centuries of French Drawings from the Collection of Jeffrey E. Horvitz, exh. cat., ed. Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1998), cat. no. A. 34, p. 411

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, "Drawing Time", October, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA, 2015), no. 151, Winter, pp. 3-42, pp. 15-16, repr.

Anne-Lise Desmas, Edouard Kopp, Guilhem Scherf, and Juliette Trey, Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment, exh. cat., J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, 2016), cat. no. 62, pp. 149-150, repr. p. 150

Anne-Lise Desmas, Edouard Kopp, Guilhem Scherf, and Juliette Trey, Edme Bouchardon (1698-1762): une idée du beau, exh. cat., Musée du Louvre Éditions (Paris, 2016), cat. no. 62, pp. 149-150, repr. p. 150

Guilhem Scherf and Juliette Trey, Edme Bouchardon (1698-1762): une idée du beau [exhibition brochure], brochure, Musée du Louvre (Paris, 2016), repr. p. 14 as fig. 11

Edouard Kopp, The Learned Draftsman: Edme Bouchardon, Getty Trust Publications (Los Angeles, 2017), p. 7, repr. p. 6 as fig. 4, repr. p. 7 as fig. 5 (detail)

Exhibition History

HAA 271x The Origins of Modernity: The "New" 18th Century Rotation #2: Large Niche (S426A) Spring 2011, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2011 - 06/18/2011

Edme Bouchardon (1698-1762): une idée du beau, Musée du Louvre, Paris Cedex 01, 09/14/2016 - 12/05/2016; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 01/10/2017 - 04/02/2017

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