Sixteen drawings by Claude acquired by the Clark Institute


1. Claude (1600-1682)
A Ruin on the Palatine in Rome, 1630-35
Black chalk, brush and brown ink with grey wash - 20 x 26.9 cm
Photo : D. Rykner

27/11/07 — Acquisition — Williamstown, Sterling & Francine Clark Institute — The Clark Institute continues to affirm its stature as a major establishment in the United States thanks to some spectacular acquisitions. Five months ago an important donation added a large number of British works to its collections (see News of June 15, 2007). Today, no less than sixteen drawings by Claude have been purchased at once. In fact, this exceptional ensemble was acquired about six months ago, and we were fortunate enough to admire them in May when they were displayed for the benefit of the Institute’s trustees. We photographed them all but, at the request of the Clark Institute which preferred to wait before making the announcement, we delayed publication until now.

2. Claude (1600-1682)
A View of Lake Bracciano, c. 1638-1639
Pen and brown ink with grey wash - 22 x 31 cm
Photo : D. Rykner

3. Claude (1600-1682)
The Cascades of Tivoli, c. 1640
Signed on verso : “CLAV : R : IV ?
Black chalk, brown and grey wash - 22.3 x 32 cm
Photo : D. Rykner


The sixteen drawings are representative of Claude’s graphic art. All of the periods (from 1630 to 1667), the techniques (pen, wash, gouache, red and black chalk,…) and the subjects (landscapes, persons, animals,…) treated by the artist are included. Thirteen of these works come from an album assembled by Claude’s heirs which was then sold to Queen Christina of Sweden. The drawings then belonged successively to Prince Odescalchi, George Wildenstein and Norton Simon. In the 1980’s they were acquired by the New York collector Peter Sharp who added three other drawings. The Clark Institute purchased them directly from Peter Sharp’s heirs.

Here are the sixteen drawings in chronological order :

- A Ruin on the Palatine in Rome, 1630-35 (ill. 1)

- A View of Lake Bracciano, c. 1638-1639 (ill. 2)

- The Cascades of Tivoli, c. 1640 (ill. 3)

- Pastoral Landscape with Trees, c. 1640 (ill. 4)

4. Claude (1600-1682)
Pastoral Landscape with Trees, c. 1640
Signed in red chalk on verso : “CLAV. Ro IV.?
Black chalk, brown wash - 22 x 32 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- A Study for a Seaport (recto and verso), c. 1640 (ill. 5)

5. Claude (1600-1682)
A Study for a Seaport, c. 1640
Pen and brown ink - 18.8 x 26.5 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- A Sunlit Landscape with Trees, c. 1640 (ill. 6)

6. Claude (1600-1682)
A Sunlit Landscape with Trees, c. 1640
Black chalk, brown and grey wash, pen and brown ink - 22.4 x 32 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- A View Outside Piazza del Popolo in Rome, c. 1640-1641 (ill. 7)

7. Claude (1600-1682)
A View Outside Piazza del Popolo in Rome, c. 1640-1641
Signed in red chalk on verso : “CLAVD. Ro.IV.?
Black chalk, grey and brown wash - 22.2 x 32 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- A Wooded Landscape with Distant Buildings, 1640-1640 (ill. 8)

8. Claude (1600-1682)
A Wooded Landscape with Distant Buildings, 1640-1650
Signed at the bottom : “CLAVDIO f.?
Black chalk, brown wash - 20.7 x 28.3 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- A Study of Cattle, 1640-1650 (ill. 9)

9. Claude (1600-1682)
A Study of Cattle, 1640-1650
Black and red chalk, brown and red wash - 17 x 23.7 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- A Wooded Landscape with Distant Buildings, c. 1645

10. Claude (1600-1682)
A Wooded Landscape with Distant Buildings, c. 1645
Signed “CLAUDIO f.?
Black chalk, brown wash
Photo : D. Rykner



- A View of Sant’ Agnese Fuori le Mura, 1650-1655

11. Claude (1600-1682)
A View of Sant’ Agnese Fuori le Mura, 1650-1655
Black chalk, pen and brown ink with brown wash - 14.9 x 20.7 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- The Assault of a Citadel, c. 1658

12. Claude (1600-1682)
The Assault of a Citadel, c. 1658
Black chalk, washed
over with yellow and grey wash, pen and
brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white - 22.8 x 33.1 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, 1660

13. Claude (1600-1682)
Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, 1660
Signed : “Claudio Gelle / 1660 Roma ?
Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash,
heightened with
white, pen and brown
ink
Photo : D. Rykner



- Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt, c. 1660

14. Claude (1600-1682)
Landscape with
the Rest on the
Flight into Egypt
, c. 1660
Signed : “Claudio Gelle / 1660 Roma ?
Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown
and grey wash, heightened with
white, pen and brown ink
Photo : D. Rykner



- An Offering to Ceres, 1663

15. Claude (1600-1682)
An Offering to Ceres, 1663
Signed and dated on verso : “Claudio
Gellee inventor / fecit Romae 1663 ?
Pen and brown ink,
grey and brown
wash, heightened
with white - 15.9 x 21.7 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



- A View of the Caffarella near Rome, 1667

16. Claude (1600-1682)
A View of the Caffarella near Rome, 1667
Signed in pen and ink : “Claud. faict/ la Chafarella. 1667 ?
Black chalk, pen and brown ink, grey and brown wash - 19.4 x 26.2 cm
Photo : D. Rykner



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Didier Rykner, mardi 27 novembre 2007



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