Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)
Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

Études d'Arnautes

Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)
Études d'Arnautes
pencil and watercolor heightened with gold on paper
8 5/8 x 11¼ in. (21.8 x 27.5 cm.)
executed circa 1823-1824
The artist's studio stamp (Lugt 838a); sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 22-27 February 1864.
Cornelia Scheffer-Marjolin, Paris.
Sale Psichari, 1911.
Marcel Guérin, Paris.
The Lefevre Gallery (Alex. Reid & Lefevre, Ltd.), London.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 24 February 1987, lot 47.
Jan Krugier, acquired at the above sale.
R. Escholier, Delacroix, Paris, 1926, vol. I, pp. 114-115 (illustrated).
A. Dückers, Linie, Licht und Schatten: Meisterzeichnungen und Skulpturen der Sammlung Jan und Marie Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, Berlin, 1999, Catalogue raisonné, p. 399 (illustrated).
Paris, Musée du Louvre, Eugène Delacroix, June-July 1930, p. 256, no. 607.
Bremen, Kunsthalle, Eugène Delacroix, February-April 1964, no. 104.
Kunsthaus Zürich, Eugène Delacroix: Zeichnungen, Aquarelle, Graphik, June-August 1987, p. 8, no. 4 (illustrated).
New York, Jan Krugier Gallery, May-July 1990 and Geneva, Galerie Jan Krugier, April-June 1991, Victor Hugo and The Romantic Vision, Drawings and Watercolors, p. 94, no. 62 (illustrated, p. 66).
Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Eugène Delacroix, November 2003-February 2004, pp. 182-184, no. 73 (illustrated, p. 182).

Lot Essay

Images of soldiers appear throughout Delacroix's oeuvre. Some were derived from literary or historical characters. Others were observed from life -- either through firsthand experience from his travels abroad, or through models dressed in costume in his studio. His 1832 trip to North Africa inspired his interest in exotic subjects, and Berber guards were joined by Greek Souliots and Albanian soldiers in his drawings. This watercolor depicts two Albanian soldiers who were part of the Ottoman Empire at the time.

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