Head of Christ

Carolus-Duran (Charles-Auguste-Emile Durant) French

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Although he built his reputation as a society portraitist, Carolus Duran treated religious themes throughout his career. The date on this sheet suggests he made it during or immediately following his travels in Spain, where he often lodged in monasteries. The drawing seems to have served as a source for a crucifixion he painted for Notre-Dame de l’Assomption in Saint-Aygulf in 1894; it bears a close relationship to other studies made for that project.

Head of Christ, Carolus-Duran (Charles-Auguste-Emile Durant) (French, Lille 1837–1917 Paris), Black chalk, mix of red and black washes, red chalk and white gouache

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