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Clytemnestra Hesitating before Striking Agamemnon

Pierre Narcisse Guérin French

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Guérin, like many artists who came of age around the time of the French Revolution, gravitated toward scenes of violence or eroticism when depicting subjects from ancient history. In this study for a painting exhibited in the Salon of 1817, he exploited the tonal range of wash to heighten the drama as Clytemnestra, hidden by the semitranslucent curtain, steels her gaze and reaches for a knife.

Clytemnestra Hesitating before Striking Agamemnon, Pierre Narcisse Guérin (French, Paris 1774–1833 Rome), Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, heightened with white on light brown paper

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