“After Pierre-Paul Prudâ€™hon
Title La Caresse
Category 18th Century
Medium & Size Black crayon on paper: Frame: 27x22in. Circa 1790. Period French frame.
Prud’hon was a French Romantic painter and draughtsman best known for his allegorical paintings and portraits. He trained in Italy where he became influenced by the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Correggio. He later became one of Napoleonâ€™s favourite artists.
â€˜La Caresseâ€™ depicts Daphne drawing an arrow from a wounded Apollo and was drawn by a very talented French artist, possibly in the circle of Prudâ€™hon and in his lifetime. The drawing is beautifully presented in a quality mount, inscribed P.P.Prudâ€™hon with an early 19th century French frame and a collection number. This suggests that this present work has been in a private collection for many years as a preliminary drawing by Prudâ€™hon.
â€˜La Caresseâ€™ and Prudâ€™honâ€™s â€˜Lâ€™e Gratigureâ€™ were later engraved as a pair of pictures.