Event Date10 April 2013 | Live auction 3545

Dessins Anciens et du XIXe Siècle

Dessins Anciens et du XIXe Siècle

Sale Overview

One of the highlights of this sale is an unpublished drawing by Nicolas Poussin. The former owner, Philippe de Chennevières, identified it as a preliminary study for The death of Germanicus, a painting currently housed in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Commissioned in 1626 by Cardinal Francesco Barberini – one of the most important patrons of Baroque Rome – the painting was completed by Poussin in 1627. Today, the sheet is identified as a work from the years 1636–40, and shows the artist experimenting with the composition of this painting some years later. Among its key works, the sale also features a delicate Portrait de jeune fille by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, and a sketch by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin depicting a fight between two street-hawkers on the quai de la Mégisserie near the Pont-Neuf in Paris. These remarkable drawings will make this sale one of the stand-out moments of the Semaine du dessin in Paris.

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