The Dreamer


Jean-Baptiste Greuze ( French, 1725 - 1805 )

About 1765–1769
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General Description

This young woman’s heavily lidded eyes, parted lips, and completely relaxed pose suggest she is lost in a state of dreamy reverie. This is one of the many vivid, expressive images of faces that Greuze painted during his career. Although typically small in size and loosely executed, they were not intended as studies for larger paintings. Rather, they were independent works created to display the artist’s skill in expressing various emotional states.