Description & Technical information

A similar pair of blue pastel landscapes on canvas, both dated 1767, was sold at auction in France in 2011. Pillement also produced a handful of pastel landscapes similar in colouring and effect, but drawn on blue paper rather than on a prepared canvas, such as a large drawing of peasants near a farm, signed and dated 1795, in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Béziers.
   

Date:  1790
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Pastel, Watercolour, Charcoal, Black chalk, prepared canvas
Dimensions: 23.3 x 33.6 cm (9¹/₈ x 13¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: Private collection, New York, since c.1900
Didier Aaron, Inc., New York, in 1996
Private collection.
 
Literature: New York, Brame & Lorenceau, Kate de Rothschild and Didier Aaron, Master Drawings, exhibition catalogue, 1996, unpaginated, no.32; Clifford S. Ackley, ‘The Intuitive Eye: Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Horace Wood Brock’, in Horace Wood Brock, Martin P. Levy and Clifford S. Ackley, Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection, exhibition catalogue, Boston, 2009, p.94 and p.155, no.91, illustrated p.95; Neil Jeffares, ‘Jean-Baptiste Pillement’, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800 [online edition], no.J.592.294.
 
Exhibitions: New York, Brame & Lorenceau, Kate de Rothschild and Didier Aaron at Didier Aaron, Master Drawings, 1996, part of no.32; Stanford University, Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Classic Taste: Drawings and Decorative Arts from the Collection of Horace Brock, March-May, 2000; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection, 2009, no.91.