Louis Leopold Boilly


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Status, price and estimation of the artist Louis Leopold Boilly

Price of a painting: 1,600 – 106 600 €.

Price of a drawing: 50 – 245,500 €.

Estimation of a print: 10 – 726 €

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The painter of troubled times

Louis Leopold Boilly is the son of a wood sculptor, of modest origin his father pushed him to embark on an artistic path. Until the age of 17, he learns painting with Charles Alexandre Joseph Caullet. His work is part of the revolutionary, troubled period when artists had difficulty in (over) living. His life and his way of painting evolve according to the regimes that follow one another. Thus, during the revolutionary era until the fall of the directoire, he made contemporary prints, contemplating daily life and a fine portrait painter, thus providing a historical testimony of this period. After the revolution, although he was admitted to the Salon du Louvre, he had to be more cautious and unveiled more patriotic works such as the Triumph of Marat. Under the consulate he continued the genre scenes. His work was very prolific, there are several thousand prints and paintings that offer a precise view of clothing and society from Louis XVI to the July Monarchy.

The influence of Dutch painters

His patron, Antoine Calvet de Lapalum, commissioned him to paint eight canvases in preparation for his artistic career and compositions. During the Salon of 1791, he presented heterogeneous works such as trompe-l’oeil portraits, genre scenes with gallant or naughty themes. Following critics emphasizing the obscene nature of his genre scenes, he showed his studio and tackled patriotic themes more in keeping with the tastes of this period, which emphasized historical formats rather than genre scenes. But Louis Leopold Boilly prefers genre scenes from the 17th century Dutch masters such as Ter Borche, Peter de Hooch or Mieris. In the same way, he approaches everyday life with a preference for small formats, more intimate with familiar scenes. A portrait painter from his earliest days, trained by Dominique Doncre in Arras, his works give more importance to characters and their expressions in order to truly capture the atmosphere of a place and a time.

Recognising Louis Leopold Boilly’s signature

Like many artists, Boilly did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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