Executed on light brown paper. Not examined out of its frame, the work 'floats' in its frame and appears to be attached to the mount along two points to the centre of the right and left extreme edges. There are a few repaired tears and flattened creases, The most noticeable of these are a crescent shaped repaired tear of approximately 15cm length running from the right edge through the boys back; further repaired tears running horizontally from the right edge approximately 5cm and 3cm long; a repaired crease of 15cm length running diagonally from the lower edge to the right edge in the lower corner of the composition, and another diagonal creased tear in the opposite corner of approximately 26cm length; a flattened crease running parallel to the right extreme edge of approximately 43cm length. The colour of the brown paper appears uneven and blotchy around the wider edges, indicating that the paper may have been cleaned in the past to remove foxing.
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Peter Bruckmann, Florence
Franz Pallenberg, Rome
David Daniels, New York
J. Meier-Graefe, Hans von Marées. Sein Leben und Werk, Munich and Leipzig, 1910, vol. II, p.506, cat. no.792
J. Meier-Graefe, Hans von Marées. Zeichnungen in drei Mappen; Museumsausgabe des Meier-Graefeschen Marées-Werkes, Munich, n.d., portfolio III, pl.792
Cambridge, Harvard University, Busch-Reisinger Museum, German Master Drawings of the Nineteenth Century, October – November 1972, cat. no.54, illustrated
New York, Shepherd Gallery, German Drawings and Watercolours 1780-1880. A Survey of Works on Paper by German-Speaking Artists, May – July 1981, cat. no.221, illustrated
Painted in 1883, the present work is part of a series of drawings on the subject of Chiron and Achilles and which the artist appears to have executed as a farewell gift to his pupil Viktor zur Helle before leaving Rome. It is possible that Marées identified himself in Chiron, the wise centaur who, according to Greek mythology, was the revered teacher to many notable heroes including Achilles.