Oct 28, 2008

Seated Woman with a Cat

Seated Woman with a Cat

c. 1776

Jean-Michel the Younger Moreau

(French, 1741–1814)

Brush and gray and black wash

Support: Brown-yellow laid paper, laid down on beige laid paper, mounted to a tertiary support of beige board faced with blue paper

Sheet: 18.6 x 15.8 cm (7 5/16 x 6 1/4 in.); Tertiary Support: 27.5 x 23.5 cm (10 13/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.396



Moreau le jeune was an important draftsman, printmaker, and book illustrator who was championed by the celebrated French writers of the 19th century Edmond (1822-1896) and Jules (1830-1870) de Goncourt, who also owned this drawing (the collector's stamp bearing their name can be seen in the lower left corner of the sheet). The drawing may represent a relative of the 18th-century French poet Louis Gresset (1709-1777). A portrait drawing by Moreau le jeune of Gresset-now at the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame-has many similarities to this one.

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