Octave Nicolas François Tassaert (Paris 1800 – 1874 Paris) : Jupiter and Io
Red chalk, stamping, red chalk wash
235 x 274 mm, 9¼x 10¾inch.
Monogram in brush and red chalk wash lower center:O T.
Jean Gautier collection, his 1stsale of the 16thand 17thMay 1939 Drouot Paris, lot 89
Louis-Antoine and Véronique Prat (L. 3617);
Galerie Paul Prouté, Paris, catalogue of December 1993, n°129;
Tassaert repeatedly drew loves of the gods. Executed in a sensual, or even erotic way, these compositions guaranteed him a small source of income. Among other known compositions, we can mention Nymph and Faunat the Cleveland museum, Bacchus and Erigone and A Young Sleeping Girl surprised by a Satyr. Our drawing can also be related to a painting that recently appeared on the art market.