This beautiful Esmeralda: Indian ink by Jean Boullet, the emblematic figure in Victor Hugo’s famous novel “Notre dame de Paris”. One notices, at the bottom right, the signature of Jean Boullet in full letters. Esmeralda is standing in front of the spectator in a dress reaching down to her ankles. The thumb of her right hand is inside her belt. Her décolleté is indented. Her breasts are highlighted by the tight bodice at the waist. Her hair is long. Her hairstyle ends with a fringe that bars her forehead. In addition, she wears a choker made of oval pieces. She wears strappy sandals at her feet. Her big eyes stare at the one who looks at her, with a melancholic look. The round earrings enhance the oval of her face.
The light wood frame, the gray passe-partout finished with a white bevel highlight this beautiful drawing Esmeralda : Indian ink by Jean.
Good general condition, bistre paper with a restoration on the top right.
Dimensions out of frame: height: 25cm x width: 31cm.
Esmeralda: Indian ink by Jean Boullet is a sober work. The artist did not want to distract the viewer’s eye by any decoration. The line is firm, without hesitation. This style of the middle of the XXth century could be similar to “La ligne claire” popularized, in comics, by Hergé. Jean Boullet depicts a beautiful gypsy woman with a proud posture and a nostalgic look in her eyes. It is up to the spectator to translate, by looking at this Esmeralda: Indian ink by Jean Boullet, the feeling of the one who looks at it and to make it his own.
Jean Boullet is a mid-twentieth century artist who was gifted in different artistic expressions. Indeed, he wrote plays some novels and also collections of drawings highlighting the male nude. His tragic death, surrounded by mystery, aroused the interest of many collectors who are tearing off his drawings and books. An original figure of guilt-free homosexuality, his work, long overshadowed by Jean Cocteau’s success, is gaining more and more interest among art lovers on different continents.
Jean Boullet’s Esmeralda: Indian ink by Jean Boullet is a sure value of an artist who is meeting a real craze among the new generations. Thus, to own this beautiful drawing is to position oneself as an art lover, but also as one who, beyond fashion, recognizes the vein of the precursors.
Pierre Caron for P&P Art Leaders.