Louis-Leopold Boilly’s father was a wood-carver and he thus came
from a modest family. He studied painting as a teenager before
moving to Paris in 1785. His slightly erotic genre scenes were
popular among many Parisian patrons. After one of his paintings was
condemned as obscenity in 1794 and threatened him with imprisonment,
Boilly’s began painting social scenes. He created images of the
Parisian Salon lifestyle with great detail of expression, gesture,
costuming, and textiles.
Young Woman Ironing, 1800
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