Victor Hugo

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Victor Hugo
1802-1885
Fantastic Castle at Twilight
1857
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.
2010.115
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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.

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Signed and dated in white gouache at lower center, "Victor Hugo-Guernsey. 1857".
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Galerie Jan Krugier, Ditesheim, et Cie, Geneva; private collection, France; Galerie Berès, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
Bibliography: 

Thaw Catalogue Raisonné, 2017, 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]

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