BOILLY, Louis Léopold
(b. 1761, La Bassé, d. 1845, Paris)

A Lady Seated at Her Desk

Oil on canvas, 46 x 39 cm
Private collection

From the late 1780s onwards, after he had settled in Paris, Boilly painted an increasing number of small scale cabinet paintings that appealed greatly to private collectors. These paintings successfully combined the contemporary appetite for moralising, amorous or sentimental subjects with a meticulous technique reminiscent of the 17th century Dutch painters such as Gerard Terborch.

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