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Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix
FOUR FIGURE STUDIES
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT
4
Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix
FOUR FIGURE STUDIES
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Line of Beauty: Drawings from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet

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Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix
CHARENTON-SAINT-MAURICE 1798 - 1863 PARIS
FOUR FIGURE STUDIES

Provenance

Estate of the artist (L.838a);
with Galerie Claude Aubry, Paris,
where acquired in 1972

Catalogue Note

This energetic sheet of studies, executed by Delacroix in pen and brown ink, is a characteristic example of the artist copying figures derived from the Old Masters, an exercise that he employed, much like many of his contemporaries, throughout the course of his career. A number of these studies originate from Delacroix's travels abroad, particularly in Italy, however many were also created during his countless visits to the Louvre, where he was able to peruse, at his convenience, the innumerable masterpieces within the collection.

Whilst documenting these various trips to the Louvre, Delacroix’s diaries reveal the extent to which he was influenced by art of the past, with Rubens in particular, with his “exaggerations and his swelling forms” proving to be perhaps the greatest influence on the Frenchman. However beyond Rubens, Delacroix is also known to have made drawn copies from artists as varied as Dürer and Titian to Giulio Romano and Goya.

The source of the figures portrayed in the present lot, containing three separate female studies and a further study of a figure reading or writing, thus far remains unknown. It is, however, perfectly plausible that all four figures may originate from different paintings. The potential for various interpretations of the female subjects depicted, has led to suggestions as wide ranging as The Penitent Magdalene, Bathsheba and The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

The Line of Beauty: Drawings from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet

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New York