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Study of a Soldier

Artist:
Victor-François-Eloi Biennourry (French, Bar-sur-Aube 1823–1893 Paris)
Date:
1851–52
Medium:
Conté crayon, red chalk, and pastel, heightened with white, squared in conté crayon
Dimensions:
sheet: 16 1/2 x 8 in. (41.9 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander B.V. Johnson and Roberta J.M. Olson, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.521.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690
In this study for a Roman soldier, the artist focuses attention on the subtle modeling of the musculature of the arm while also exploring the chromatic effects of the ocher and blue pastels with red chalk. Biennourry possibly used the grid to reposition his model and produce studies of the same scale (see 1991.111) as he worked to determine the final costume and posture for this figure who features in his mural decorations in the Church of Saint-Séverin.
Signature: Initialed in graphite, lower right: V.B.
Roberta J. M. Olson; Donor: Roberta J. M. Olson
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picturing Math: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints," January 31, 2017–May 1, 2017.

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