Nov 14, 2012
Oct 28, 2008

Male Academy with Wings

Male Academy with Wings


François Boucher

(French, 1703–1770)

Red chalk on cream laid paper

Support: Cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid paper

Overall: 30.1 x 37.1 cm (11 7/8 x 14 5/8 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.350



Academically trained artists often practiced drawing live models. Called academies, these figure studies occasionally served as preparatory drawings for paintings. Some artists crafted their academies to appeal to collectors interested in contemplating technical skill and inventiveness. Boucher may have imaginatively given wings to this male nude, who does not appear in any known painting, to demonstrate his ingenuity by transforming the model into a mythological figure.

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