A pastel by Carriera and two drawings by Klimt for the Getty


1. Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757)
Portrait of James Gray, c. 1744-1745
Pastel - 56 x 45.9 cm
Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Photo : Getty Museum

24/11/09 – Acquisitions – Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum – Two months ago, we had pointed out (see news item of 21/9/09) that the Portrait of James Gray (ill. 1) by Rosalba Carriera, temporarily banned for export from the United Kingdom, had finally left the country. This work has joined the Getty Museum which had already acquired a pastel by Carriera representing a Muse in 2003 but did not yet hold any portraits by the artist. The work is one of Carriera’s last and can be dated after Gray’s arrival in Venice in 1744 but before the painter became blind in 1746. The model is a diplomat, known for the role he played in the Society of Dilettanti, one of the many 18th century English associations of scholars and which he helped found. The Society insisted notably on the importance of taking the Grand Tour, particularly for artists so that they could discover Italy’s artistic heritage.


2. Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Portrait of a Young Girl Reclining
45.6 x 31.4 cm
Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Photo : Getty Museum

3. Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Two Studies of Sitting Nudes, 1901-1902
Black chalk and red pencil - 31.7 x 45.2 cm
Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Photo : Getty Museum


Two drawings by Gustav Klimt have also entered the Getty Museum : a Portrait of a Young Girl Reclining (ill. 2) and Two Studies of Sitting Nudes (ill. 3). The first represents perhaps Sonja Knips whom the artistpainted in 1898. The second sheet is a preparation for the painting The Goldfish today held at the Solothurn Museum in Switzerland. The Getty did not own any works by Klimt until now.


Didier Rykner, mardi 24 novembre 2009



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