Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, Cluny 1758–1823 Paris)
Black and white chalk with stumping on blue paper, some squaring in black chalk
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 (1813–17, 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, whose father, Achilles, had killed her husband Hector. This sheet was a study for the lower hem of Andromache’s gown as it falls over the side of a chair, a detail he made changes to as he worked on the canvas. 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—elements that were altered in the final painting.
Marking: collector's mark of Charles Boulanger de Boisfremont (Lust 353) stamped in red ink at lower left and again at upper left.
Charles Boulanger de Boisfrémont (French, Rouen 1773–1838 Paris); Elisa Power (née de Boisfrémont) Sale, Paris 15-16 April 1864 (part of lot 52 or 52 bis); O. Doutrebente, Sale, Paris, April 7, 2004 (lot 23); Thomas Le Claire Kunsthandel, Hamburg, in 2005; 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.
Artist: Circle of Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, Cluny 1758–1823 Paris)Date: n.d.Medium: Black and white chalk on faded blue paper, framing lines in pen and brown inkAccession: 2007.49.568On view in:Not on view