New York, Park Avenue
30 January 1998
Nicolas-Andr Monsiau* (1754-1837)
Ulysses asking the Women to carry away the Bodies of Penelope's Lovers
black chalk, pen and brown and black ink, gray wash heightened with white (partly oxidized) on light brown paper
7 x 14 in. (190 x 362 mm.)
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J.-F. Heim, C. Braud and P. Heim, Les salons de peinture de la peinture de la rvolution franaise, 1789-1799, Paris, 1989, p. 291.
Paris, Salon, 1791, no. 156.
The present drawing was probably that exhibited at the 1791 Salon. The Salon critics commented on the drawing: Chery, writing anonymously in the Guide des Amateurs au Salon accused Monsiau of reading Homer carelessly and portraying Ulysses in a cuirass instead of in a poor man's rags. He also commented that Ulysses's pose imitated too closely David's figures in Le Serment des Horaces. Similar criticisms were made anonymously in the Explications et Critiques impartiales. None-the-less both agreed that the drawing was 'joli' and 'agrable'.
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