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.
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]