Description & Technical information

Pillement readily understood the English penchant for landscape and developed his original interpretation of the genre, derived from Nicolaes Berchem, Claude-Joseph Vernet, François Boucher, and a merging of observed nature and rococo fantasy. This sensitive chalk drawing from 1794 is typical of this blend, with the Berchem-esque theme of the shepherd who rests with his flock in the midday sun and converses with passing maids, set not in a naturalistic landscape but a timeless sylvian fantasy.

Medium: Black chalk and stump on paper
Signature: Signed and dated 1794.

Dimensions: 23 x 29.7 cm (9 x 11³/₄ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints