Lot 122
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Thomas Couture Senlis 1815 - 1879 Villiers-le-Bel

2,500 - 3,500 GBP
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  • Thomas Couture
  • recto: study of a dead soldierverso: the lower half of a study of a male nude
  • black chalk on light blue paper (recto and verso)
    numbered in black chalk, verso24


Purchased, New York, Sotheby's, 23 January 2001, lot 366

Catalogue Note

Couture's painting 1815, which was destroyed during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, was intended as a denunciation of the corruption of the Napoleonic era.  Judging from the oil sketch which records the original composition, this drawing of a dead soldier appears to be a study for a figure in the foreground.1

1. A. Boime, Thomas Couture and the Eclectic Vision, New Haven 1980, IX.90