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Young woman with a basket
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Young woman with a basket

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1682-1754)

Chalk (black and white) on paper (grey)

Height: 39.6 cm (slightly irregular); Width: 30 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
The Venetian artist Piazzetta made a large number of head studies and portrait drawings in charcoal and black chalk for collectors to purchase as independent works. The artist balances firm lines with soft tones and hatching in the shadows to create this subtle drawing of a peasant woman holding a basket. The immediacy of the crop, combined with the direct gaze, lends the image a feeling of captivating intimacy. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London’, London

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