Auction 20

Lot 164A – Louis-Leopold Boilly. 3 Caricatures from “The Grimaces”:

Louis-Leopold Boilly. 3 Caricatures from “The Grimaces”

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Start price: $150

Estimated price: $300 - $600

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LOUIS-LEOPOLD BOILLY (1761-1845)3 Caricatures from “The Grimaces” 1823-1824Louis-Leopold Boilly (1761-1845) was a gifted French portrait and genre painted, who became famous with his expressive depictions of caricature. A small collection of three colored lithographs created by Boilly and published by Delpech in Paris under the series Recueil de grimaces (A Collection of Grimaces) between 1823 and 1828, as follows: 1) “Les Fumeurs et les Priseurs” (The Smokers and Snuff-Takers); 2) Les Gueux: (The Beggars); and 3) “Consultation de Médecins” (Doctors’ Consultation). The prints began as studies of expression, but the artist soon expanded the series to parody the social types ranging from beggars to lawyers and art collectors. Boilly’s Grimaces were created and sold in separate sheets rather than bound or in portfolio and are usually not recorded in databases. While these prints were extremely popular, complete sets of the 96 prints are extremely rare with only two currently known in institutional collections. All matted and in matching 18 x 16 in. frames, with prints showing 8 x 10 or 9 x 11inch views (not examined out of frames).