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Nineteenth Century French Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection

Nineteenth Century French Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection

Szabó, George
1980
96 pages
87 illustrations
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This exhibition of nineteenth-century French drawings continues the series that will eventually bring all the drawings in the Robert Lehman Collection to public view.

Among these eighty-five sheets are drawings in various media, including watercolor, representing the most important French masters of the century as well as lesser-known French artists. Important groups of portraits by Ingres and Chassériau demonstrate the high standards of draftsmanship in force at the beginning of the century. The landscape drawings by the masters of the Barbizon School comprise another outstanding assembly. Boudin and Rousseau are especially well represented among the Barbizon sheets, the former with an unusual large landscape in variations of gray. Drawings by the Impressionists are again outstanding: the groups by Renoir and Degas and important single sheets by such artists as Bazille, Morisot, and Pissarro form the greatest part of the exhibition. The black-and-white studies of Seurat and Redon and a group of radiant watercolors by Cross complete this survey of nineteenth-century draftsmanship in France.

The catalogue is restricted to giving the basic information on each drawing. In addition, unpublished versos are reproduced here for the first time. The bibliographies are short and limited to catalogues raisonnés and basic publications.

Met Art in Publication

Self-Portrait, Charles Angrand  French, Conté crayon (graphite border on all edges) on white laid paper mounted on board
1892
A Jaguar Devouring a Deer, Antoine-Louis Barye  French, transfer watercolor on heavy wove paper
after 1840
Manet and his Easel, Jean-Frédéric Bazille  French, Charcoal, white chalk on blue laid paper faded to yellow-gray
1868–70 (?)
Marine Scene (recto), Eugène Boudin  French, Watercolor over graphite on tan wove paper
1870–85
Beach Scene, Eugène Boudin  French, Pastel on gray wove paper mounted on card
ca. 1882–83
Landscape, Eugène Boudin  French, Black chalk on gray laid paper heightened with white chalk
ca. 1850 (?)
Portrait of Félix Ravaisson, Théodore Chassériau  French, Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff
1846
Portrait of Madame Ravaisson, Théodore Chassériau  French, Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff
1846
Portrait of Madame Gabrielle Marcotte de Quivières, Théodore Chassériau  French, Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff, mounted on stiff paper
1845
Gessate in the Province of Milan, Camille Corot  French, Pencil on off-white wove paper
1834
The Palatine Hill, Rome, Camille Corot  French, Graphite on tan wove paper
1825–26
Landscape, Camille Corot  French, Fixative over charcoal highlighted by erasures on tan wove paper
1855–75(?)
View of Provins, Camille Corot  French, Graphite on white wove paper
1842 or earlier
Self-Portrait with Upraised Arm, Gustave Courbet  French, Black and white chalk over graphite on papier bleuté, relined.
ca. 1840
Head of a Man, Honoré Daumier  French, Charcoal and gray wash with graphite framing on light tan wove paper
mid-19th century
Two Drinkers, Honoré Daumier  French, Black chalk on tan wove paper
mid-19th century
Two Drinkers, Honoré Daumier  French, Pen and ink with wash over charcoal on paper
1860–79
Death and the Doctor, Honoré Daumier  French, Black chalk or charcoal with traces of brown ink on tan laid paper
probably 1860–79
Cap Nègre, Henri-Edmond Cross (Henri-Edmond Delacroix)  French, Charcoal and watercolor with charcoal border on cream laid paper
1909
Study for 'Le Ranelagh', Henri-Edmond Cross (Henri-Edmond Delacroix)  French, Watercolor over black chalk on cream wove paper
1899
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———, eds. 1980. 19th Century French Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection: Catalogue. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.