Isidore Pils

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Isidore Pils
1813-1875
Study for Minerva
Black and white chalk, some stumping, with touches of pinkish-brown chalk, on blue paper.
20 5/8 x 16 1/2 inches (522 x 419 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Carl Stern.
1993.4
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Numbered in blue chalk along upper left edge, "517"; atelier blind stamp, at lower right, "I. PILS" (Lugt 2030).

Provenance: 
Pils atelier (Lugt 2030); Molly Klobe, Chamberlin Gallery Inc., New York.
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This sheet is a preparatory study for the figure of Minerva in "Minerve combattant la force brutale devant l'Olympe réuni", which is one of the four mural paintings executed by Pils for the ceiling of the grand stairhall of Paris Opéra.

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