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Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson

The Death of Pyrrhus

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson

The Death of Pyrrhus

The Death of Pyrrhus

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson

Montargis 1767 - 1824 Paris

The Death of Pyrrhus


oil on paper, mounted on canvas

canvas: 10 1/4 by 14 3/4 in.; 26 by 37.5 cm.

framed: 18 1/2 by 23 5/8 in.; 47 by 60 cm. 

The painting is on a sheet of paper laid onto a stretched canvas which has not been relined. Overall the painting is in very good condition; the colors are bright, the paint sits nicely on the surface, and there is a thin, even varnish. There are a a handful of areas, particularly in the lower left quadrant and at center, where the paint is particularly thick with impasto; these are very well-preserved. There are a few areas of thin craqueleure which can be seen under raking light but are not noticeable to the naked eye. In areas like the lower right corner where the paint is thin, this is an intentional device on the part of the artist and not due to abrasion or fading. Under ultraviolet light the varnish appears milky and there are no notable restorations which flouresce. The painting can be hung as is and is offered in a carved giltwood frame.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Comte Charles Lepic, Paris, by 1936;
Penha Longa, Paris;
Pierre Olivier Dubaut, Paris, by 1963;
Claude Aubry, Paris;
From whom acquired by Richard L. Feigen, 26 March 1973 (as Baron Gros).

P.A. Coupin, Oeuvres posthumes de Girodet-Trioson, Paris 1839, vol. I, p. lxxiv;

G. Martin-Méry, Delacroix ses maîtres, ses amis, ses élèves, exhibition catalogue, Paris 1963, pp. 122-123, cat. no. 295;

M.L.H. Reymert, Ingres & Delacroix through Degas & Puvis de Chavannes: The Figure in French Art, 1800-1870, exhibition catalogue, New York 1975, pp. 27-28, cat. no. 12 (as Gros, Marius at Minturnae);

Neo-classicism and Romanticism in French painting, 1774-1826, exhibition catalogue, New York 1994, pp. 56-58, cat. no. 17, reproduced p. 57;

T. Crow, Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France, New Haven and London 1995, pp. 128-130, 320 (under notes 49-51), reproduced fig. 96;

R. Dagorne et. al., Au-Dela du Maitre: Girodet et l'Atelier de David, exhibition catalogue, Montargis 2005, pp. 43-44, reproduced fig. 34;

S. Bellenger, Girodet: 1767-1824, exhibition catalogue, Paris 2005, p. 29, cat. no. 12, reproduced;

M. Korchane, ed., La Dernière Nuit de Troie, exhibition catalogue, Angers 2012, pp. 97-98, 106, 171, cat. no. 24, reproduced p. 106. 

Paris, Petit Palais, Gros, ses amis, ses élèves, May - July 1936, no. 7 (as Baron Gros, Marius at Minturnae);
Paris, Atelier Delacroix, Delacroix et les maîtres de la couleur, 1952, no. 10 (as Baron Gros, Marius at Minturnae);
Paris, Bernheim-Jeune, Gros, Gericault, Delacroix, 1954 (as Baron Gros);
Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Delacroix ses maîtres, ses amis, ses élèves, 17 May - 30 September 1963, no. 295 (as Baron Gros, Marius at Minturnae);
New York, Shepherd Gallery, Ingres & Delacroix through Degas & Puvis de Chavannes: the figure in French art, 1800-1870, May - June 1975, no. 12 (as Baron Gros, Marius at Minturnae);
New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery, Gesture and Expression: The Language of Art in the Age of Revolution, 28 February - 30 April 1989 (as Girodet, Marius at Minturnae);
New York, Richard L. Feigen, Neo-Classicism and Romanticism in French Painting 1774-1826, 17 May - 15 July 1994, no. 17;
Paris, Louvre; Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Montreal, Musée des Beaux Arts, Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Triosson (1767-1824), 22 September 2005 - 21 January 2007, no. 12;
Angers, Musées D'Angers, La Dernière Nuit de Troie, 25 May - 2 September 2012, no. 24.