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Title: La Mere bien aimee [A well loved mother]

Creator: Greuze, Jean-Baptiste

Location repository: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Repository work id number: 111.1999

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Culture: French

Descriptive note: Brush and grey ink wash with black chalk. For Denis Diderot (art critic) Greuze was the epitome of a new kind of painting in France, one that endowed humble, homespun dramas with the narrative force and moralising overtones of history painting. This drawing was made after the painting, which was exhibited only very briefly at the salon of 1769. It was intended to serve as the model for an engraving by Carlo Antonio Porporati, who signed a contract with Greuze to make the print in March 1771. Porporati, however never carried the project through and the following year Jean Massard entered into an agreement to produce the engraving. It was not published until 1775. the drawing's purpose accounts for its unusually detailed and careful finish. Greuze insisted that the drawing be faithfully reproduced to size by the engraver. Marquise de Boisgelin (France), Paris/France Maurice Segoura (France), 1988, Paris/France, by 1988 David Tunick Inc. (United States of America), 1988-07 May 1992, New York/NewYork/United States of America, Sold to James Fairfax through Thirty Victoria Street, Sydney, 7 May 1992. James Oswald Fairfax (Australia, b. 1933), 07 May 1992-23 Jun 1999, Bowral/ New South Wales/ Australia, Gift of James Fairfax 1999. Purchased by James Fairfax through Thirty Victoria Street, Sydney 1992. For full list go to the Art Gallery of NSW website. The Art Gallery also has an extensive bibliography and exhibition venue list. see Gift of James Fairfax 1993.


Earliest date: c. 1770

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Language: French

Latest date: c. 1770

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Materials techniques: ink wash

Materials techniques 2: chalk

Measurements: 49.0 x 62.4 cm 75.5 x 88.0 x 3.5 cm (frame)

Object work type: drawing


Record source: AGNSW Catalogue (online)

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