Attributed to Jean Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805)
Bust of a Young Woman
Unsigned on the recto, inscribed "J.B. Greuze/Paris/1798" in pencil on the
stretcher, "Admiration/ Jean Baptiste Greuze/French...1798" in ink on a label affixed to the stretcher, and with a label from James Bourlet & Sons, Ltd., London, on the stretcher.
Oil on canvas (oval stretcher), 18 x 14 3/4 in. (45.8 x 37.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Canvas trimmed of tacking edges and lined, retouch, stable craquelure.
N.B. The work at hand has been examined in person by Dr. Edgar Munhall. In his report which accompanies the lot, Dr. Munhall states that, in his opinion, this painting is likely a preliminary study for the Greuze portrait titled A Girl in the collection of the National Gallery in London. Dr. Munhall writes that the posture and expression are identical, the details and highlights of the folds are the same, as are the details of the ear, lips, and highlights in the eyes. A copy of the report is available for review.
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