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Sculptor at Work on a Colossal Statue

Artist:
Carl August Ehrensvärd (Swedish, 1745–1800)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Johann Tobias Sergel (Swedish, Stockholm 1740–1814 Stockholm)
Date:
mid-18th–18th century
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, white gouache, on gray paper.
Dimensions:
16 7/16 x 10 1/2 in. (41.7 x 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Jean-Luc Baroni and Colnaghi, in honor of Jacob Bean, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.229.1
Not on view
This image of an artist carving a work that dwarfs him while a trumpeter plays is one of numerous autobiographical drawings the Swedish sculptor Ehrensvärd made throughout his career that reveal both the convivial and the melancholy sides of his personality. While it encapsulates the Piranesi-esque idea of modern man overwhelmed by the magnitude of the monuments of antiquity, Ehrensvärd's drawing is less histrionic in tone.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 6, 1995–April 16, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 26, 2001–May 21, 2001.

"Curatorial Reports and Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1991 - June 30, 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 122, New York, 1992, p. 29.



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