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Théodore Géricault
STUDY FOR THE RAFT OF MEDUSA MIDDLE-EASTERN FIGURE (VERSO)
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 EUR
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131
Théodore Géricault
STUDY FOR THE RAFT OF MEDUSA MIDDLE-EASTERN FIGURE (VERSO)
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

La collection Renand-Chapet

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Théodore Géricault
1791 - 1824
STUDY FOR THE RAFT OF MEDUSA MIDDLE-EASTERN FIGURE (VERSO)
bears the collection Pierre Dubaut stamp on the front and back (L.2103b)
pen, ink, ink wash heightened with gouache ;
pen and brown ink on the reverse
20,8 x 27,5 cm ; 8 1/4 x 10 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Former Brack collection, according to a label on the reverse ;
Pierre Dubaut ;
Georges Renand, Paris ;
Edouard et Jeannine Chapet, Paris, by descent

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Gobin, Géricault, 1935, n°44 ;
Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Géricault, 1937, n°128 (indicated as Extrait de l'album du Général de Brack) ;
Paris, Galerie Bignou, Géricault, 1950, n°50 ;
London, Marlborough Gallery, Géricault, 1952, n°53 ;
Winterthur, Kunstmuseum, Géricault, 1953, n°177 ;
Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Gros, Géricault, Delacroix, 1954, n°60 ;
Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Delacroix, ses maîtres, ses amis, ses élèves, 1963, n°285 ;
Paris, Galerie Aubry, Géricault dans les collections privées, 1964, n°75 ;
New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Master Drawings by Géricault, New York, San Diego, Houston, 1985 - 1986, n°78

Literature

Lorenz Eitner, Géricault, Londres, 1972, pp. 158-159, n°52, fig. 47 ;
Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault, Paris, 1992, Tome V, p. 298, n°1882 (verso) ;
Germain Bazin, Théodore Géricault, Paris, 1994, Tome VI, p. 136, n°2013 (recto)

Catalogue Note

The composition is a first thought for the painting exhibited at the Salon in 1819, Le Radeau de la Méduse, showing two men lying down, naked, hopeless. Face down on the raft, lying down, is Louis-Alexis Jamar, and beside him, Eugène Delacroix. Géricault who was inspired by a terrible event that happened in 1816 : the wreck of the Méduse, royal fleet carrying 150 soldiers, of which only 10 survived.
On the reverse, Géricault represents a young man in Middle-Eastern costume. Germain Bazin commented the drawing as follows (Germain Bazin, 1992, op. cit. Tome V, p. 116) : "The hand throws the line as a toss on the paper with smoothness and decision".

La collection Renand-Chapet

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