Victor Hugo

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Victor Hugo
Fantastic Castle at Twilight
Pen and brown and black ink and wash with white opaque watercolor over black chalk.
12 7/16 x 19 5/16 inches (316 x 497 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Signed and dated in white gouache at lower center, "Victor Hugo-Guernsey. 1857".

Galerie Jan Krugier, Ditesheim, et Cie, Geneva; private collection, France; Galerie Berès, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 199, repr.
The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and Oil Sketches : Acquisitions since 1994. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 2002, no. 37.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 83, repr. [Jennifer Tonkovich]


Watermark: none.
Exiled from France and living on the Channel Island of Guernsey, Hugo experimented with the materials at hand and produced moody, evocative drawings in which chance and improvisation played a key role. Here he spilled ink onto the page; by tilting the sheet, dipping his pen in the wet ink, and leaving the white reserve of paper to form a stark contrast to the ink-soaked patches, he invented an architectural fantasy that was the equal of the dramatic setting in which he worked. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Associated names: 

Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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