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Man and Woman in a Landscape, possibly Faust and Marguerite

Artist:
Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London)
Subject:
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German, Frankfurt am Main 1749–1832 Weimar, Saxe-Weimar)
Date:
ca. 1826–27
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of graphite
Dimensions:
sheet: 4 1/2 x 6 in. (11.4 x 15.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift in memory of Sisi Cahan, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.516
Not on view
Rich brown ink is used here to describe a hilly landscape with a gallant figure in late medieval dress reading to a demure young woman. They may represent Faust and Marguerite, central figures in Goethe's dramatic poem "Faust" (1808). The latter tells how a young nobleman becomes fascinated with magic, sells his soul to the devil and seduces and destroys the innocent Marguerite. Dramatic literary subjects of this kind appealed to the British-born Bonington, and to French artists he knew in Paris. Delacroix was a close friend, once owned this drawing, and in 1828 would create a series of seventeen lithographs inspired by Faust.
Marking: Stamped in red ink in the lower right corner of the sheet: "E.D." (the collector's mark of the painter Eugene Delacroix)
Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 24, 2005–April 24, 2005.

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