(French, ca. 1746-ca. 1800)
Sanguine on white woven paper
Support: Cream laid paper, laid down on cream wove paper
Sheet: 36 x 24.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.364
Although Trinquesse painted in oil, he is best known today for the series of red chalk drawings of full-length female figures in domestic settings to which this sheet belongs. These works fall somewhere between portraiture and genre scenes (scenes of everyday life) and focus on nuances of pose, gesture, and expression. The traditional title of this work suggests the woman is making a flirtatious overture to an unseen male companion.
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