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This artwork, Four Studies of Elegantly Dressed Women and Girls by Rodolphe Bresdin, is currently for sale at Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd.
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Rodolphe Bresdin, Four Studies of Elegantly Dressed Women and Girls
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TITLE:  Four Studies of Elegantly Dressed Women and Girls
ARTIST:  Rodolphe Bresdin (French, 1822–1885)
CATEGORY:  Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)
MATERIALS:  Pen and black ink on papier calque.
SIZE:  h: 23.7 x w: 20.8 cm / h: 9.3 x w: 8.2 in
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd  +44 (0)20 7930 5347  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Bresdin made extensive use of tracing paper, or papier calque, to copy illustrations from books or magazines, a practice he adopted as early as the late 1840’s or early 1850’s, and which provided him with a rich and varied source of motifs to use in his own work. This large drawing was almost certainly copied from one or more illustrations in contemporary fashion magazines. As Aileen Ribeiro has kindly pointed out, the dresses of the women here depicted were in fashion in the late 1870’s or the very early 1880’s, and the drawing may be therefore dated to around this period. As such, this drawing provides important evidence that Bresdin continued to make traced copies from published illustrations in magazines or books well into his later career.

A similar sheet of costume studies, depicting women dressed in medieval or Renaissance dress, is in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Two further studies of elegant women, also on papier calque though less highly-finished than the present drawing, are in the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam.

PROVENANCE:  By descent in the family of the artist.
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