Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, Cluny 1758–1823 Paris)
Black and white chalk with stumping on blue paper
10 1/16 x 10 1/4 in. (25.5 x 26 cm)
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2008
Not on view
This detailed drapery study is one of several drawings Prud’hon made for his painting of Andromache and Astyanax (1813–24, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). The painting, which was not completed in his lifetime, depicts a scene from Racine’s play, in which Andromache rejects Pyrrhus after his father, Achilles, is killed by her husband Hector. This specific sheet was a study for the lower hem of Andromache’s gown as it falls over the side of a chair. The delicate stumping of the black and white chalk endows the drawing with a velvety yet radiant quality. Prud’hon’s delicate draftsmanship captures the weave and the fringes of the drapery—details that were edited in the final painting.
Charles Boulanger de Boisfrémont (French, Rouen 1773–1838 Paris); Sale, Paris 15-16 April 1864, lot 51 (sale of Power ?, according to Christie's catalogue); Jourdain (purchased at 1864 sale, for 22 francs); Christie's, New York, 25 January 2007, lot 90; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," June 23, 2015–September 28, 2015.
Edmond de Goncourt Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, dessiné, et gravé de P.P. Prud'hon. Paris, 1876, p. 118.
Jean Guiffrey L'Oeuvre de Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. Archives de l'art francais, n.s. vol. 13, Paris, 1924, cat. no. under no. 258.
Le Claire Kunst Master Drawings: Recent Acquisitions. Dealer cat. Thomas le Claire Kunsthandel, Hamburg, Hamburg, 2005, cat. no. 26, ill.