Girl’s Head, the Face with an Expression of Pain

Girl’s Head, the Face with an Expression of Pain

Girl’s Head, the Face with an Expression of Pain
Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1726-1805)
France
Late 18th century
Black chalk with traces of heightening on grey wove paper
Width 20.4 cm x height 28.3 cm
Museum no. Dyce 604

Greuze made a great many studies of expression, some in preparation for specific paintings and others, like this sketch, as works in their own right. Known as 'têtes d’expression' they were much sought after by collectors.