• Impressionist/Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 2312

    Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper Featuring Property from the Collection of Mrs Sidney F. Brody

    5 May 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)

    Les derniers paroles de l'Empereur Marc Aurele or The Death of Marcus Aurelius

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    Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)
    Les derniers paroles de l'Empereur Marc Aurele or The Death of Marcus Aurelius
    black chalk on paper; watermark D&C Blauw
    9 3/8 x 12 1/8 in. (23.8 x 30.8 cm.)
    Drawn circa 1845

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    Related to Delacroix's painting of the same subject, presented at the 1845 Salon, now at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon (Johnson, op. cit., pp. 106-108, no. 281; II, pl. 99). Johnson wrote that Delacroix, along with his collaborator on the painting, Louis de Planet, used the present lot as a working drawing. Another more preliminary drawing of the same subject is in the Louvre.

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    Estate of the artist sale, Paris, 17-29 (L838a) February 1864, part of lot 346 (60FF to Arosa).
    Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Paris.
    Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Paris.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, 1954.
    John S. Newberry, New York.
    Acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Sidney F. Brody, by 1963.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody


    A. Moreau, E. Delacroix et son oeuvre, Paris, 1873, p. 135.
    R. Escholier, Delacroix, peintre, graveur, écrivain, Paris, 1926-1929, p. 294.
    A. Robaut, L'Oeuvre complet de Eugène Delacroix, peintures, dessins, gravures, lithographies, New York, 1969, p. 242, no. 926.
    L. Johnson, The Paintings of Eugène Delacroix, A Critical Catalogue, 1832-1863, Oxford, 1886, vol. III, p. 108.