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From the collection of the late PROFESSOR DOCTOR RICHARD KRAUTHEIMER and DOCTOR TRUDE KRAUTHEIMER-HESS
Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix*(French, 1798-1863)

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Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix*(French, 1798-1863)

The Rear of a Horse and a Study of a Forearm holding a Stick, and the head of an elderly man with his left arm raised

inscribed 'Anvers à l'auberge'; pen and brown ink, small ink gall damage on wove paper
6 1/8 x 7 5/8in. (154 x 194mm.)
Provenance
The artist's studio stamp (L. 838a).

Lot Essay

Delacroix went twice to Antwerp, the first time was in 1839 when he was in Holland with Elisa Boulanger. He mentions this in a letter written from The Hague on the 21 September 1839 where he expresses his admiration for Rubens: '..pour ne parler que de Rubens, qui est le Dieu de tout ce monde là, j'ai vu ici ce que je n'avais pas compris ailleurs, c'est combien il a été inégal comme tout le monde... quand il s'affranchit de ses modèles il est le grand Rubens. Je te détaillerai cela. J'ai bien vu Anvers'. [To speak only of Rubens, who is the God of this world, I saw here things which I did not understand elsewhere, how he was unequal compared to everyone else ...when he frees himself from his models, he is the grand Rubens. I will detail this to you. I saw Antwerp well.] He returned to Belgium in 1850 and according to his Journal he stayed in Antwerp on the 8 July and during the weekend of the 10 and 11 August, M. Sérullaz, Inventaire général des dessins, école française, dessins d'Eugène Delacroix, Paris, 1984, II, p. 50.

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