New publication: Boucher’s Drawings : Who and What Were They For?

Boucher for blog

Published by the Drawing Institute, The Morgan Library & Museum
6 x 9 inches, 64 pages
30 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-87598-167-3
April 2016

The Drawing Institute at The Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to announce the publication of:

Boucher’s Drawings : Who and What Were They For? by Alastair Laing

The Annual Thaw Lecture 2015

François Boucher was one of the most prolific and varied draftsmen in eighteenth-century France. He claimed to have produced more than ten thousand drawings during his fifty-year career and worked in nearly every medium, from red and black chalks to ink and wash to oil on paper and pastel. In this essay, Alastair Laing, Thaw Senior Fellow 2014–15—who is currently preparing a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s drawings—explores the close connection between Boucher’s drawings and the patrons who collected them. An analysis of the complex relationship between the owners of Boucher’s drawings (the “for whom”) and the creation of prints reproducing them, including those in the new chalk manner, yields a more nuanced view of the function (the “for what”) of Boucher’s drawings. Laing’s explication of the ways in which patronage, printmaking, and the art market affected Boucher’s production of drawings is essential to any study of the artist.

To order, please call 212-590-0394. ARLIS/NA members receive a 10% discount.

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