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Head of a Young Woman

Head of a Young Woman

early 1730s

François Boucher

(French, 1703-1770)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 47 x 40 x 6 cm (18 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 32.4 x 25.6 cm (12 3/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2012.95


This work came to the museum in a recent bequest, where it was catalogued as "style of Chardin" and considered a minor Rococo revival work of the 1800s. In 2011, the museum asked Alastair Laing, the leading scholar of the artist Boucher, to study the work. He confirmed that the work is a rare survival from the artist's early career -- one of only two known oil studies of this type by the artist.

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Oil on canvas

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