"Jean Baptiste Greuze," Holmes continued, joining his finger tips and leaning well back in his chair, "was a French artist who flourished between the years 1750 and 1800.
"Even the trivial fact that in the year 1865 a picture by Greuze entitled La Jeune Fille a l'Agneau fetched one million two hundred thousand francs--more than forty thousand pounds--at the Portalis sale may start a train of reflection in your mind."
I only mention the Greuze because it brings the matter within the range of your own observation."
Slowly he threaded his way amongst the elegant Louis Quinze furniture, examining as though for the first time the beautiful old tapestry, the Sevres china, the Chippendale table, which was priceless, the exquisite portraits painted by Greuze
, and the mysterious green twilights and grey dawns of Corot.
(There are four or more each by the 'big names', Watteau, Nattier, Pater, Boucher, Greuze
, Drouais, Fragonard, Robert, David, and few serious gaps.) How hard these dealers had to work is demonstrated by the early history (not in Baetjer) of the magnificent Coypel pastel, which Duveen sold in 1906 to a collector, Mrs T.
For her sister Annie's garden, which is all smoky purples and blues, we've chosen a classic purple tulip, 'Greuze
', which was introduced well over a century ago.
However, Jean Baptiste Greuze
, 1725-1805, was the artist who would make the strongest impression on her, and she made numerous studies of girls' heads from drawings by him.
Le Gout de Diderot: Greuze
, Chardin, Falconet, David...