The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Friday, March 5, 2021

Portrait of a Young Boy - Oils on Canvas - signed B. De La Rancière

 If you have been paying attention to my blog entries over the years you know how much I love a well executed portrait because in a portrait you quickly learn from the results who has and who does not have the training and artistic ability to depict the human face. A finely executed portrait will show how well the artist was trained and how well he or she puts that training to good use. Several days ago I was bouncing around on eBay France when I ran across this small portrait executed in oils of a young boy. Not only was the little guy cute as a button but the artist had done a fine job of combining color and brush work to bring him to life on canvas. The price was attractive and ridiculously low for an original painting so I placed a flag on it for later consideration. No sooner had I tagged it than up pops a reduction in price offer from the seller which now put the little guy in the "I stole that" category so I executed the purchase. Close examination of that use of rich color, texture, and very talented brush work has produced an exciting little portrait. Unfortunately, I could find no biographical information on the artist so that will have to remain a mystery for now. I know it's somewhat outside the purview of the blog but I simply had to share that artistic talent.  Enjoy.

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