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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