A double-sided drawing by Géricault pre-empted by the Louvre

Théodore Géricault (1791-1824)
Diana the Huntress (front), Study of Horses (back)
Pencil, brown ink and brown
wash - 28 cm x 21 cm
Paris, Musée du Louvre
Photo : Musée du Louvre

7/12/10 – Acquisition – Paris, Musée du Louvre – The Département des Arts Graphiques at the Louvre pre-empted a double-sided drawing by Théodore Géricault (ill.) for 45.000€ (without charges) during an auction on 28 November at Lyons-la-Forêt (Pillet auctioneers).

This drawing dates back to the artist’s early career. The front represents Diana the huntress, a Greek sculpture attributed to Leochares for which there remain several Roman copies. It seems likely that the work was produced from the version held at the Louvre, known as the Diana of Versailles.
The two studies of horses found on the back reproduce perfectly feature by feature the sculpture (Horse-anatomical model) which Géricault executed in wax as a youth (the exact date is not known) and today held at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Didier Rykner, mardi 7 décembre 2010

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