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Spandrel Decoration: Fame and Truth Applauding Louis XV

François Boucher1753

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

A putto, companion of Fame, directs the attention of Truth to a portrait of Louis XV. The women are seated in the foreground above a pedestal before which stands an incense burner.

Details

  • Title: Spandrel Decoration: Fame and Truth Applauding Louis XV
  • Creator: François Boucher
  • Date Created: 1753
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • Medium: Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brush and pale pink wash on white paper, lined
  • Signed: "F. Boucher / 1753" in ink, lower left.
  • Provenance: Léon Decloux (acquired after 1906).
  • Paper Support: White laid paper
  • Exhibitions: Tokyo, Japan - Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Boucher. April 24 - June 23, 1982, traveled to Kyushu region, Japan - Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, July 3- August 22, 1982.New York, NY - Wildenstein & Co., Boucher, November 12 - December 19, 1980, no. 57, fig. 58.New York, NY - Wildenstein & Co. New York and French Taste. November 2 - 17 December 1977, no. 86, fig. 88.Newark, NJ - Newark Museum. Old Master Drawings. 17 March - 22 May 1970Newark, NJ - Newark Museum. Old Master Drawings. 1960, (illus.).New York, NY - The Metropolitan Museum of Art. French Drawings from American Collections. 3 February - 15 March 1959, no. 34 (illus.).Paris - Musée de l'Orangerie. De Clouet à Matisse. 24 October 1958- 2 January 1959, no.34 reprod.Rotterdam - Boymans-van Beuningen Museum. Van Clouet to Matisse. 30 July - 28 September 1958. no. 34, reprod.New York, NY - Charles E. Slatkin Galleries. François Boucher. February 1957 (not in catalogue)New York, NY - The Architectural League. 1911. (no catalogue)
  • Dimensions: 26.3 x 19.8 cm (10 3/8 x 7 13/16 in.)Frame: 34.5 x 27.9 cm (13 9/16 x 11 in.)
  • Bibliography: Richard P. Wunder, Extravagant Drawings of the Eighteenth Century. New York: Lambert-Spector,1962, no. 30 (illus.).André Michel, François Boucher, Paris, 1906. p.142, no. 2564.

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