Recent acquisitions of drawings by the Musée Paul-Dupuy in Toulouse


11/5/09 – Acquisitions, publication and exhibition – Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy – The Musée Paul-Dupuy, which houses the graphic arts cabinet room in the city of Toulouse, has for many years applied an active and coherent policy for enriching its drawing collections. Purchases correspond to two main fields : Italy from the 15th to the 18th century (with an emphasis on Rome for the 17th and 18th centuries) and artists native to Toulouse or the Languedoc region. The museum has just published its acquisitions catalogue covering 2003 to 2008, which follows the first one listing additions from 1990-2002, and the drawings are currently on exhibition until 22 September. We had already mentioned on this site the purchase, thanks to patronage from the Carrefour group, of the Juan de Beistegui collection of Italian drawings. Paul-Dupuy was one of the museums to benefit from this donation, receiving 15 sheets as well as a group of Venetian drawings from around 1600 (for further information see here). This ensemble is described in the catalogue but we will not go over it again. We offer below a list, along with reproductions, of purchases made between 2006 and 2008 [1].

Italian drawings

1. Ludovico Gimignani (1643-1697)
The Vestal Virgin Claudia
Quinta Pulling the Boat with the
Statue of the Good Goddess

Black chalk, grey wash heightened with
gouache
on blue paper - 27.2 x 14.9 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy , Daniel Molinier



- Ludovico Gimignani, The Vestal Virgin Claudia Quinta Pulling the Boat with the Statue of the Good Goddess (ill. 1). In 2005, the Musée Paul-Dupuy had acquired a Pentecost by Giacinto Gimignani, who collaborated with Pietro da Cortona. This drawing by his son, Ludovico, a rare theme, entered the collection in 2006, acquired on the Parisian art market. Claudia, a vestal virgin, proves her innocence from accusations of incest by pulling a shipwrecked boat by herself with the sculpture of a Vesta.

2. Anonymous Italian Artist
The Glorification
of the Virgin
, XVII century
India ink wash heightened
with white Gouache- 99.3 x 70.8 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Anonymous Italian artist, The Glorification of the Virgin (ill. 2). The author of this large drawing (practically one meter high), with a very pictorial technique and of high quality, has not yet been identified. It was acquired in 2007 from a private collection in Toulouse. Its publication on this site might enable one of our readers to identify it.

3. Sébastien Bourdon (1616-1671)
Landscape with
the Meeting of Jacob and Esau
,
Pen and India
ink wash- 26.3 x 37.5 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



Drawings from Toulouse and Languedoc

- Sébastien Bourdon, Landscape with the Meeting of Jacob and Esau (ill. 3). This drawing, acquired on the Parisian art market in 2008, comes from the Chennevières collection and had been lost since its sale in 1900. It is a preparation for a painting which resurfaced in 1994 [2].

4. Antoine Rivalz (1667-1735)
The Sacrifice
of Polyxena

Pen and India ink
wash heightened with white Gouache - 25.8 x 40.3 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Antoine Rivalz, The Sacrifice of Polyxena (ill. 4). This drawing was pre-empted at public auction in Paris on 14 March 2007, at Beaussant-Lefèvre, for 3000€ (without charges). In 1999, the Musée Paul-Dupuy had acquired a double back and front drawing with one side, in pen and brown wash, representing The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, and on the other a first draft of the Sacrifice of Polyxena [3]. These works date back to the artist’s Roman stay, between 1690 and 1700.

5. Antoine Rivalz(1667-1735)
The Women from Lesbos
Recovering the Remains of
Orpheus
(?)
Pen and metallo-gallic ink
wash - 42.7 x 53.1 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Antoine Rivalz, The Women from Lesbos Recovering the Remains of Orpheus (ill. 5). This drawing was pre-empted at Drouot, at Millon & Associés, on 23 November 2007. Like the previous one, it dates from the Roman period. Unpublished until now, the iconography has not been established. At the auction in Paris, it was presented under the curious title of : Allegory of Death.

6. Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700-1777)
Christ Giving
a Blessing
, 1754
Black Chalk - 35.1 x 39.3 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Charles-Joseph Natoire, Christ Giving a Blessing (ill. 6). Not many tourists to Rome, attracted by Caravaggio, take the time to admire the ceiling of Saint-Louis-des-Français, The Apotheosis of Saint Louis, painted in 1754 by Charles Natoire. This drawing in black chalk, acquired on the Parisian art market in 2007, is preparatory to the figure of Christ welcoming Saint Louis to heaven. A preparatory drawing for the entire composition, in watercolours, is held at the Weimar.

7. Jean-Baptiste Despax (1710-1773)
Saints amidst
the People Adoring the Eucharist Presented
by an Angel

Brush and India
ink wash - 23,3 x 15,4 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Jean-Baptiste Despax, Saints amidst the People Adoring the Eucharist Presented by an Angel (ill. 7). Drawings by Despax, a student of Antoine Rivalz and Jean Restout, are rare. This one, acquired in 2007 on the Parisian art market, is probably in preparation for a non-identified altar painting.

8. Jacques Gamelin (1738-1803)
The Sibyl
from Lybia

Red chalk heightened with chalk on paper - 48.2 x 33.5 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Jacques Gamelin, The Sibyl from Lybia (ill. 8). This drawing is one in a series of studies after Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. It was acquired on the Parisian art market in 2008.

9. Jacques Gamelin (173 -1803)
Clash of Cavalry, 1768
Pen and black ink,
grey wash heightened with white gouache - 42 x 69 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Jacques Gamelin, Clash of Cavalry (ill. 9). The drawing, acquired in 2008 on the Parisian art market, is dated and located in Rome. This is the first known representation of a battle by Gamelin who would later become one of the genre’s greatest specialists, as shown by the following drawing.

10. Jacques Gamelin (1738-1803)
The Battle
of Boulou

Pen and blue wash - 26 x 41 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Jacques Gamelin, The Battle of Boulou (ill. 10). This sheet was acquired in 2007 from a Perpignan collection. The final painting is held at the museum in Béziers.

11. Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes (1750-1819)
Study of a
Tree in the Bois de Boulogne
, 1773-1777
Red Chalk - 34.5 x 22.5 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Study of a Tree in the Bois de Boulogne (ill. 11). This red chalk was acquired in 2008 on the Parisian art market. Valenciennes was born in Toulouse where he was a student of Despax.

12. Louis-François Lejeune (1775-1848)
The Church
of Luz-Saint-Sauveur
(Hautes-Pyrénées)
Watercolour and
gouache
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier

13. Louis-François Lejeune (1775-1848)
View of the mountains around
Saint-Sauveur,
Hautes-Pyrénées,
with the stagecoach

Pen and brown
wash
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier


- Louis-François Lejeune, Album of drawings (ill. 12 and 13). A student of Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Baron Lejeune was a military officer. He was appointed brigadier general in 1812, and produced large paintings representing the Emperor’s campaigns most of which are held at Versailles. The album acquired by the Musée Paul-Dupuy, pre-empted at public auction in 2008, contains 37 drawings.

14. Jacques-Raymond Brascassat (1804-1867)
Forest Clearing, 1828
Oil on maroufled
paper on cardboard - 27.9 x 35.8 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Jacques-Raymond Brascassat, Forest Clearing (ill. 14). The artist specialized in rather repetitive animal subjects. The most interesting aspect of his works are his landscapes, most of which, like this one, were executed during his stay in Rome early in his career.

Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921)
The Wall
Pen and India ink, watercolour and
gouache - 74.7 x 55.3 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Jean-Paul Laurens, The Wall (ill. 15). The décor in the Salle des Illustres at the Capitol in Toulouse is one of Laurens’ major works. This watercolour and gouache was acquired by the Musée Paul-Dupuy in 2006 in Toulouse. It is preparatory to the scene representing, in distemper on canvas, preparations for the siege of Toulouse in 1217 : the inhabitants are building ramparts to defend themselves against Simon de Montfort’s armies.

16. Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921)
Study for a tapestry, A Tournament Scene
at the end of the
16th century
, 1894
Graphite - 23.6 x 29.8 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy , Daniel Molinier



- Jean-Paul Laurens, Study for a tapestry, A Tournament Scene at the end of the 16th century (ill. 16). Acquired in 2008 on the art market in Toulouse, this drawing is a first draft for a tapestry woven at the Gobelins and held today at the Mobilier National. The cartoon was installed by marouflage in the staircase at the Capitol in 1915.

17. Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921)
Frédégonde
Finds Refuge in Paris

Graphite, India
ink wash and watercolour - 56.5 x 44.4 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy, Daniel Molinier



- Jean-Paul Laurens, Frédégonde Finds Refuge in Paris (ill. 17). This watercolour, like the previous drawing, was acquired in 2008 on the art market in Toulouse. It prepares an illustration of Scenes and Episodes in National History by Charles Seignobos (1891). This scene is close in style to many preparatory drawings for the new edition of Accounts from Merovingian Times by Augustin Thierry, published by Hachette some years later.

18. François Gauzi ( 1862-1933)
Symbolist Composition
Graphite on
cardboard - 24.1 x 28.7 cm
Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy
Photo : Musée Paul-Dupuy , Daniel Molinier



- François Gauzi, Symbolist Composition (ill. 18). The artist, a native of Toulouse, was a student of Fernand Cormon.

Finally, we would like to point out the acquisition in 2006 of several studies of heads by Marcel-Lenoir (1872-1931), in preparation for a fresco of the Crowning of the Virgin painted in 1920-1923 at the Institut Catholique in Toulouse, and that in 2007 of an album of 150 drawings by Louis de Fiancette d’Agos, Voyages aux Pyrénées et en Gascogne.

local/cache-vignettes/L115xH145/Couverture_Dessins_Paul-Dupuy-cf3bd.jpgJean Penent, Dessins. 2. Acquisitions 2002-2008, Toulouse, Musée Paul-Dupuy, 2009, 124 p., 15 €. ISBN : 2-905880-26-0.

This catalogue will soon be available through our website.

The drawings (and those acquired since 2002, including the drawings from the Carrefour donation) are currently being exhibited at the Musée Paul-Dupuy until 22 September 2009.

Visitor Information : Musée Paul-Dupuy, 13 rue de la Pleau, 31000 Toulouse. Phone : + 33 (0)5 61 14 65 50. Open daily from 10.00 to 17.00 (18.00 from the 1st of June), except Tuesday. Rates : 3,50 € (reducted : 1,50 €).

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 2 avril 2009


Notes

[1] The others – we had reproduced the……..here – will be included in the acquisitions database we had to abandon a few years ago and which we will be offering soon in an improved format.

[2] Jacques Thullier, Sébastien Bourdon, 2000, p. 282, cat. 140.

[3] See Jean Penent, Antoine Rivalz, 2004, p. 144, cat. 42. The scene had been identified then as a Martyrdom of Saint Luke.



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