Extremely well rendered, this is a spectacular French "sanguine" drawing (often called "Sepia") from the Napoleon III era, showing a young Greek woman holding 2 pigeons. Circa 1870.
The character is very tall, slender, with beautiful proportions, and the nude is incredibly elegant and prestigious.
The body motion is just stunning. This gives so much grace and character to the piece!
The sanguine is mixed up with white chalk for the light effects. this combination renders volumes beautifully, and gives a soft, nearly pearly quality to the drawing.
This is not a student's academic drawing, but the work of a highly professional artist.
The paper is ecru, which adds a subtle contrast to the piece.
This timeless treasure, will bring a note of refined Classicism to any decor.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 19 1/2". Width: 12 1/4". (49.5 cm) by (31 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition with light foxing.
Will be shipped "EXPEDITED" from Paris (5-7 days) including online tracking (US, Canada, Europe) insurance and signature at delivery.
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