Portrait of Louis de Silvestre

Black and white chalk, blue and rose pastel on faded blue paper | 32.5 x 21.4cm | c. 1753

Maurice-Quentin de La Tour

... the clarity of the cold carnation of the old skin, the creases of the smile, the folds made by the passage of time; the powerful pleating of the forehead...

The Goncourt brothers, influential art critics and collectors, were truly moved by Mauri...
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