Delacroix’s interest in literature drew him to projects of illustration. He produced this imaginary portrait of the satirical late sixteenth–early seventeenth-century poet Mathurin Régnier for "The French Plutarch: Lives of Illustrious Men and Women of France," published in six volumes from 1844 to 1847. He also designed portraits of Jean Froissart, François Rabelais, and John Calvin for the same edition. The choice of watercolor is surprising for a work intended to be reproduced in black and white, but the by-product is this vivid demonstration of the artist’s skills as a colorist.
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Medium:Watercolor and gouache over traces of graphite on wove paper
Dimensions:12-1/8 x 8-13/16 in. (30.8 x 22.4 cm)
Credit Line:Rogers Fund, 1969
Imaginary Portrait of Mathurin Régnier
Signature: Signed in brush and gray wash, lower left: Eug delacroix
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Robaut 719;MMA 1991.42
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