Eugène Delacroix

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Eugène Delacroix
Forest View with an Oak Tree
Watercolor with yellow opaque watercolor over black chalk.
12 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (323 x 243 mm)
Thaw Collection.

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Delacroix was heralded as a master storyteller and a history painter with a vivid imagination and an innovative sense of color. Although revered as the last painter of the grand manner, he was not widely considered a painter of nature. Inveterate draftsman that he was, however, he produced a number of studies of the natural world that are striking in their beauty and depth of feeling, such as this view of an asymmetrically foliated oak tree on a hillside. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Delacroix atelier sale, 1864 (Lugt 838); A. Beurdeley (Lugt 421); 9th Beurdeley sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 1-2 December 1920, no. 121; Boutet Roulier; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
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Beurdeley, Alfred, 1847-1919, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.


The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 101, repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 72.

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