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Michel Dorigny
STUDY OF AN ALLEGORICAL FEMALE FIGURE IN FLIGHT
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
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Michel Dorigny
STUDY OF AN ALLEGORICAL FEMALE FIGURE IN FLIGHT
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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Michel Dorigny
SAINT-QUENTIN 1616 - 1665 PARIS
STUDY OF AN ALLEGORICAL FEMALE FIGURE IN FLIGHT
Black chalk heightened with white chalk
243 by 270 mm; 9½ by 10 5/8  in
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Provenance

Sale, London, Sotheby's, 2 July 1984, lot 96;
with Adolphe Stein, Paris,
where acquired in 1984

Catalogue Note

This handsome sheet, executed in a combination of black and white chalk, is a rare example of a surviving drawing by the 17th Century Frenchman, Michel Dorigny.

Dorigny’s close artistic proximity to Vouet has long led to drawings by the former being attributed to the latter, with a fine case in point being that of a comparable black and white chalk drawing, on the London art market in 1999. This drawing bore an old attribution to “Mrvouette” but was convincingly attributed by Barbara Brejon to Dorigny, due to its connection with a winged figure of Victory in the lower section of his ceiling painting Fame holding the Portrait of Philippe d’Orléans, in the Pavillon de la Reine at Vincennes.

A connection between the present drawing and a surviving painting has, thus far, been unforthcoming. We are however grateful to Damien Tellas who, on the basis of a digital image, has kindly supported the historic attribution to Dorigny. Mr Tellas states that both the anatomy of the shoulders and arms, as well as the facial "type" found in the Barnet drawing, are consistent with the female figures in the artist's portrayal of Diana and Actaeon, now housed in the collection of the Petit Palais, Paris, most notably the nymph, seated on the right side of the composition.

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

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New York