The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 July 2017

Currently not on display

François Boucher [Paris, 1703 - Paris, 1770]

Hebe

Date18 C
Materials/Techniqueschalk (3 colors) on brown paper
Size (cm)36.0 x 22.8
Standard ref.Ananoff 747
CategoryDrawings
Collection NumberD.1975-0001
Hebe

Boucher, a Rococo artist, was not only a painter; he was also active as a decorative artist, creating architectural ornamentation, designs for Gobelins tapestries and the like. This work was probably a sketch for such a decoration. Boucher, who had received the patronage of Madame de Pompadour and was the chief painter for the imperial court, probably made this sketch of the youthful goddess Hété holding a small bottle and wine glass as a design for a garden sculpture or for a piece of Sèvres figurative porcelain. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

Provenance

Paris, anonymous sale, 14-15 April 1845, lot 49; Mr. and Mrs. L. Coblentz (Paris, Coblentz sale, Hôtel Drouet), 24-25 January 1917, lot 25; Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, anonymous sale, 22 November 1920, lot 4; Private Collection, France; Wildenstein, New York; Purchased by the NMWA, 1976.

Exhibition History

1973
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 23 December 1973 - 17 March 1974, The Art Institute of Chicago, 4 April-12 May, cat. no. 37
1997
Resonating Love and Life: European Art from National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Nagaoka, 12 April 1997 - 18 May 1997, cat. no. 9
2001
French Masterpiece Drawings from The National Museum of Western Art Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 27 March 2001 - 24 June 2001

Bibliography

1966
Ananoff, A.. L'œuvre dessiné de François Boucher (1703-1770), Catalogue raisonné. vol. 1, Paris, 1966, pp. 194-195, no. 747, fig.122.
1973
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings (exh. cat.). Slatkin, Regina Shoolman, ed. Washington, National Gallery of Art, 23 December 1973 - 17 March 1978; The Art Institute of Chicago, 4 April - 12 May 1974. [Washington], [1973], p. 48, cat. no. 37
1974
Williams, E. François Boucher in North American Collections (exh. review). Master Drawings. vol. 12, no. 2, 1974, p.173.
1977
Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental, No. 10 (1975), 1977, Nouvelles acquisitions, par Chisaburoh F. Yamada, p. 5. Nouvelles acquisitions (catalogue). pp. 12-13. repr.
1989
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1989 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), p. 50, cat. no. 41.
1997
Resonating Love and Life: European Art from National Museum of Western Art (exh. cat.). The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 12 April-18 May 1997. The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art; National Museum of Western Art, cat. no. 9.

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