Joseph-François-Pierre-Ignace Parrocel (Avignon 1704 – 1781 Paris): Three Women bathing (Diana and Callisto?)
Black chalk, heightened with white on gray-blue paper
304 x 373 mm
Relatively rare in the work of Joseph-François-Pierre-Ignace Parrocel, this type of big sheet, carefully executed, keeps the characteristics of his ordinary production, here in particular his way of waving draperies into animated folds. The artist's hand is also manifested in the singular way of evoking certain reliefs of the bodies, separating by a curvilinear line the shadow and the light, instead of classically graduating the values. The theme of women bathing seems to echo the story of Callisto who, seduced by Jupiter, sees his fault revealed. At least that is the suggestion of the pose of the young woman sitting with her hands on her stomach that one of her companions undresses.
1 800 €