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Maker(s):Boilly, Louis Léopold
Culture:French (1761 - 1845)
Title:The Happy Family, study for the painting L'Heureuse Famille
Date Made:1829 - 1830
Materials:black and white chalks with stumping on tan wove paper
Place Made:France
Measurements:sheet: 9 1/2 x 10 15/16 in.; 24.13 x 27.7813 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1961.84
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

woman seated in chair with drapery as three children crowd her lap, the middle one kissing the smallest, as she hugs the man bending down to her

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Amanda Manocherian, class of 2015:

Louis Leopold Boilly produced many scenes with sentimental and moralizing subjects, paying particular attention to the portrayal of human emotion. He created small complex compositions, often portraits of the middle class, in a style similar to seventeenth-century Dutch genre paintings. His many inventive variations on the theme were extremely popular. He worked to make his figures generic, creating the opportunity for viewers to project themselves into the scenes.

In this drawing a mother, father, and their eldest child are seen sharing a happy kiss, while below the middle child is biting the cheek of the youngest sibling who is struggling to escape.

men; women; children

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