FÉLIX-JOSEPH BARRIAS | Two designs for the decoration of the Hôtel du Louvre, Paris A) Autumn: The Harvest B) Autumn: The Hunt
Estimate: 1,500 - 2,000 GBP
Paris 1822 - 1907
Two designs for the decoration of the Hôtel du Louvre, Paris
A) Autumn: The Harvest
B) Autumn: The Hunt
Both black chalk and stumping, heightened with white, the first squared for transfer in black chalk, the corners shaped;
both signed in pencil, lower left: F Barrias
Each: 125 by 244 mm (drawing)
Each: 286 by 407 mm (frame)
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Both laid down on faded blue paper which has subsequently been hinged to a modern mount. There is some minor discolouration to the paper, but both works remain in otherwise good condition, with the medium fresh and vibrant throughout. Sold unframed.
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Barrias was commissioned in 1855 to execute a number of painted decorations for the newly built Grand Hôtel du Louvre in Paris, prior to the building's opening in the same year. Though the project does not survive, a group of five drawings, executed in exactly the same technique and format as the two works that make up the present lot, are today housed in the collection of the Musée du Louvre, Paris.1 Collectively these seven drawings seem likely to have formed part of a decoration depicting the four seasons, a theme that Barrias is known to have explored during this project.
1. Paris, Musée du Louvre, inv. nos. RF 15047-15051