Jean-Baptiste Greuze / The Return of the Young Hunter / about 1765Jean-Baptiste Greuze
The Return of the Young Hunter
about 1765

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Creator Name: Greuze, Jean-Baptiste
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1725 - 1805
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Title: The Return of the Young Hunter
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1763
Creation End Date: 1767
Creation Date: about 1765
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: brush and black wash over a black chalk sketch, heightened with white, on ivory laid paper
Dimensions: H.20-3/4 x W.26-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 70.13
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund

The painter Greuze was a maverick in the art world of the 18th century. He came to Paris in 1750 and aspired to be a history painter. However, in 1769, Greuze was received into the Royal Academy with the more humble title of genre painter. Fortuitously, the celebrated philosopher and art critic Denis Diderot praised Greuze's genre works as the paradigm of morality and family values as opposed to the frivolous and erotic art of Boucher and Fragonard. The drawing depicts a simple scene of domestic happiness. A gamekeeper tells a proud father about his son's skill as a hunter after their outing. The mother embraces her son and his little sister beams with pride as she listens to the account of the gamekeeper. Greuze's drawing is not related to a painting. The artist considered it to be a finished work of art in itself. His drawings were prized by contemporary collectors.

AMICA ID: MIA_.70.13
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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