Jean-Baptiste Mallet (Grasse 1759 – Paris 1835)

La Coiffure

Watercolour and Gouache over black chalk

26 x 19.5 cm (10 ¼ x 7 ½ in.); Framed 43 x 35.5 (17 x 14 in.)

Inscribed in ink Mallet on the verso

Mallet trained under the painter Simon Julien (1735-1800) in Toulon and later was a pupil of Pierre-Paul Proudhon (1758-1823) in Paris. Like his contemporary Louis-Léopold Boilly, he specialized in small-format genre scenes in watercolour and gouache that provide an invaluable record of interiors and daily life in France during the Directoire, Empire and Restoration periods. His work is well-represented in the Louvre and numerous French regional museums.