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Studies of Arab Heads and Figures

Artist:
Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)
Date:
after 1832
Medium:
Graphite and brush and brown wash on wove paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 3/8 x 14 3/16 in. (26.4 x 36.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift from the Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix, in honor of Philippe de Montebello, 2013






















































































































































































































































































































































































Accession Number:
2013.1135.26
Not on view
During the five months Delacroix spent in Morocco in 1832, he assiduously recorded the people and places he visited in drawings and journal entries. On this large sheet he sketched an array of local people, capturing their facial features and clothing. Such drawings often served as inspiration for finished compositions, which he completed much later. As the artist wrote in his journal in 1853: “I did not begin to do anything worthwhile from my North African journey until I had so far forgotten the small details as to recall only the striking and poetic aspects. Up to then, I was pursued by the love of exactitude which the majority take for truth.”
Marking: Stamped in red ink, lower right: Mark of Delacroix's posthumous sale 1864 (Lugt 838a)
Eugène Delacroix (French)(his posthumous estate sale, Paris 1864); Otto Gerstenberg (German); Reid and Lefevre Galleries, London; Sotheby's, New York (American)(sale May 22, 1986, lot 84 to Jill Newhouse); Jill Newhouse (American)(sold to Karen B. Cohen, 1986); Donor: Karen B. Cohen
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections," April 10, 1991–June 16, 1991.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 8, 2014–December 8, 2014.

MMA 1991.28
Jacob Bean, Lee Johnson, William M. Griswold Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, cat. no. 28, p. 95, ill.

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