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Circle of Théodore Géricault

A standing male nude, pulling a rope

Lot Closed

February 2, 03:59 PM GMT


15,000 - 20,000 GBP

Lot Details


Circle of Théodore Géricault

A standing male nude, pulling a rope

oil on canvas

unframed: 82.9 x 65 cm.; 33 7/8 x 25 1/2 in.

framed: 97.2 x 58.7 cm.; 38 1/4 x 21 in. 

Otto Achermann, 1943;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 9 July 1965, lot 1 (as Gericault);
Where acquired by George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood (1923-2011), and by descent at Harewood House, Yorkshire;
Harewood House sale, London, Christie’s, 5 December 2012, lot 520 (as Circle of Gericault), where acquired.
P. Grunchec, Tout L'oeuvre peint de Géricault, Paris 1978, cat. no. 127B;
G. Bazin, Theodore Géricault, Paris 1987, vol. II, p. 364, cat. no. 123, reproduced (as artist unknown).

Previously attributed to Géricault, this is one of three variants of an academy composition painted in the studio of Pierre-Narcisse-Guérin. Because of the similarity in the composition, two of these were quite likely painted in the same sitting. One of the three, apparently of a different model, was painted by Géricault and is today in the Musée Bonnat, Bayonne (inv. no. 78);1 the other, also previously attributed to Géricault, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (acc. no. 52.71).2 Historically, these paintings have all been confused with the Bayonne picture - the pose in all three canvases is nearly identical, though in the work by Géricault the model is shown standing in water. The perspective in this version indicates that this was painted by a pupil of Guérin who would have been standing to the right of the artist who painted the work in the Metropolitan Museum during the same studio session.


2 https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436406