Description & Technical information


Datable to around 1910, the present sheet is a fine example of Bernard Boutet de Monvel’s refined draughtsmanship. As the scholar Stéphane-Jacques Addade has noted, ‘Boutet de Monvel’s work...was striking for the pared back and rectilinear qualities that were so characteristic of the sleekness of his style. In place of sinuous curves, elaborate volutes and glistening golds, he preferred the pure, controlled lines of a pale outline...This productive economy of means led him to also make color subordinate to line.’

Date:  around 1910
Period:  Early 20th century
Medium: Pencil, with two shades of brown wash, and watercolour
Signature: Signed BERNARD / B. DE MONVEL in pencil at the lower left. 

Dimensions: 22.2 x 22.2 cm (8³/₄ x 8³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Among the contents of the artist’s studio in Paris at the time of his death
Probably by descent to Sylvie Boutet de Monvel, Paris
Private collection.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints