January 20 - February 20, 2012
Francois Boucher
France 1703-1770
Death of Meleager

Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, mid 1720s.
On thick, cream paper, pencil inscription on verso: “Nach Pittoni CF Bild in Dresden”, remains of thin, white hinges on lower left margin, some foxing.
otherwise in fine condition.
Dimensions: 7 x 10 5/8 inches; 178 x 270 mm;
Provenance: Dr. Ludwig Burchard.
Exhibition: The Drawings of Francois Boucher, New York, Frick collection, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, 2003, no 3. Alastair Laing
Oil Sketch: Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Note: This drawing dates from Boucher’s early twenties. It demonstrates his free and loose style and is an example of a rare and unusual mythological subject:
It was prophesized by the three fates, that Meleager, courageous and heroic, would live for as long as a magical log remained whole and intact. After Meleager killed his two jealous uncles, Althaea, Meleager’s mother, in a fit of rage, burned the log, causing Meleager to die in agony.
This subject was chosen by Michael Lasne for two engravings and by Charles Le Brun as part of a series of tapestry cartoons depicting the life of Meleager.
Felix Buhot
France 1847-1898
L’Eventail: Vue de Valognes

Pencil, gouache, oil, watercolor, heightened with white and grey,1870s.
On wove paper with blue and red lines on verso, remains of old hinges, minor flaws, center crease, otherwise fine.
Dimensions: 6 7/8 x 21 7/8 inches; 17 .7 cm x 55.7 cm
Note: Buhot painted fans as a source of income before he became known for his etchings. His fans are very rare. The fan as an art form became popular with the influence of Japonisme during the last quarter of the 19th century in France. Artists such as Degas, Guerard, and Pissarro, painted fans as personal gifts. The subject matter varied from serene landscapes to macabre masks.
This fan shows the village of Valognes, one of Buhot’s favorite subjects; a village in Northwest France he visited repeatedly throughout his career.
Theodore Chasseriau
France 1819-1856
Two Women: one sitting and holding a child;
the other standing under a tree, 1839.

Pencil drawing, heightened with white, signed and dated ‘th Chasseriau/1839 on brown paper.
Dimensions: 245 x 182 mm
Provenance London, Private Collection
Literature: Theodore Chasseriau Catalogue Raisonne des Peintres et Estampes, Paris, 1974. pp 11 and 20 fig 2.
M Sandoz Portraits and Visages dessines par Theodore Chasseriau Paris, 1986, no 140.
LA Prat, Theodore Chasseriau 1819-1856 Dessins conserves en dehors du Louvre Paris 1988, p. 15 no 35.
Part of a series of drawings executed in 1839-40 in pencil, heightened with white on brown paper showing women and children in a landscape (Sandoz 1974, op cit. p 11 and Prat 1988 op cit nos 35-6, 38-9).
Note: This drawing may be one of sixty sketches executed in preparation for the composition Peace, Protector of the Arts and of the Tilling of the soil, made for the Grand Staircase in the Cour des Comptes (Financial Courts, Palais d’Orsay), which was later destroyed by fire in 1871. This commission was the greatest achievement in Chasseriau’s brief career ending with his untimely death in 1856.
On verso, remains of white hinges on all sides, otherwise fine.
Jules Cheret
France 1836-1932
La Petite Taquine

Charcoal drawing on dark wove paper, signed and dated 1909, lower right, recto. The paper is slightly attenuated and backed with thick tan paper.
Dimensions: 410 x 240 mm; 16 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches
Provenance: Private collection, New York
Cheret was known for his posters, usually with lively young women as the main subject. This model closely resembles the stylish female which appears repeatedly in his compositions.
Carlo Gripp
France 1830-?
Une Consultation

Ink drawing, signed and titled in red ink with blue outline on lower border.
Dimensions: 3 7/8 x 11 inches; 9.8 x 28 cm
Note: Carlo Gripp, pseudonym for Charles Tronsens, was a caricaturist whose work appeared in Le Rire and other publications. This “lampshade” format is rare and unusual and successfully portrays separate scenes in sequence.
Charles Henri Guerard
France 1846-1897
L’Eventail: Coquelicots

Gouache and stencil on grey blue silk with poppy floral motif, c. 1890.
Signed, lower left. Dimensions: 6 x 19 inches; 15.2 x 28.2 cm
Note: Guerard was one of the founders of the Societe des Peintres Graveurs and was an important figure in French Japonisme. The fan shaped gouache was a product of the influx of Japanese prints, and the fan as a fashionable decorative object. The fan became popular format amongst 19th century French artists, such as Degas, Pissarro and Felix Buhot during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Victor-Jean Nicolle
French, 1754–1826
Landscape with a Man and Ruins

Brush and sepia on paper 2 2/8 x 4 1/4 inches (7.1 x 10.5 cm)
Provenance: Collection of Jean-Camille Jammes
Lugt Supplement 1430a, lower center, recto
Victor-Jean Nicolle was a painter of architecture, as well as a draftsman and engraver. He was trained by Petit-Randel. The most important collector of Nicolle drawings, Jean-Camille Jammes, compiled an album of 240 drawings, many of which were sold at a single auction by Thesmar, Paris, in November 1953.
The portrayal of the seated peasant describes a poignant moment of a man lost in contemplation. Nicolle executes the ruins in rich detail, an aspect also found in the surrounding foliage and grassy slopes. Such detailed descriptions retain intimacy in the small scale of the picture. The delicate handling of brown washes fits the subject matter in its softness, and creates a hazy, dreamlike atmosphere with subtle gradations of pale and dark washes.
Arthur Rackham
England 1867-1939
Sketch of a Lady looking down at a newspaper

Pencil drawing
Dimensions: 9 x 7 inches
Provenance: The estate of the the daughter of the artist, Barbara Edwards
Note: Arthur Rackham is best remembered for his success as a painter and illustrator. The rise of his popularity coincided with the beginnings of the fashion for lavishly produced gift books. The most notable of his commissions included his illustrations to The Ingoldsby Legends (1898), Gulliver's Travels (1900), and Grimm's Fairy Tales (1900).
Pierre Etienne Theodore Rousseau
France 1812-1867
La Plaine a Chailly

Pen, gray ink and wash on blue paper, c. 1860
Dimensions: 94 x 175 mm; 3 3/4 x 6 7/8 in
Provenance bears the artist’s studio stamp L 2436
The artist’s posthumous sale, Paris Durand Ruel et Brame , 27-30 April 1868
catalogue Schulman similar 632 593 (paper)
Galerie Hazlitt, London. no 8 1988
Collection YB Paris
Note: Rousseau came from a family of artists. He was born on April 15, 1812. From an early age, Rousseau was studying the Old Masters, particularly Claude Lorrain and the Dutch School. He made excursions to Fontainebleau, which later became his summer home, associating first with Jules Dupre then Jean Francois Millet .Rousseau eventually became one of the dominant figures of the Barbizon school.
This ink drawing demonstrates Rousseau’s admiration of rural life and his skillful treatment of a quiet landscape.
Adolphe-Léon Willette
France 1857-1926
Little Red Riding Hood

Graphite on paper
Dimensions 5 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches; 14 x 43.7 cm
Note: Project for a Fan with original frame.
Willette was a painter, illustrator, caricaturist and lithographer.
He was born on July 31, 1857in Chalons sur Marme and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Cabanel. His compositions are often light-hearted and charming. He often contributed to the French Illustrated Press.