Louis-Léopold Boilly's depiction of three artists in a studio conveys the serious and dignified role that he ascribed to the profession. Boilly's harmonious use of black-and-white chalk on beige paper further underscores the subject's sobriety. The three fashionably dressed men, with their tousled hair and intense expressions, confront the viewer with a sense of their fierce commitment to their metier and to each other. In Boilly's numerous variations on this theme, artists are shown in their studios, engaged in discussion with fellow-artists and surrounded by the fruits of their labors. It is likely that Boilly's three sons, all of whom became artists, were the models for this sheet.


  • Title: Three Young Artists in a Studio (Main View)
  • Creator: Louis-Léopold Boilly
  • Date Created: about 1820
  • Physical Dimensions: 29.8 × 36.5 cm (11 3/4 × 14 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black chalk with white chalk heightening and stumping on beige paper
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2000.63
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Louis-Léopold Boilly (French, 1761 - 1845)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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