Isidore Pils

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Isidore Pils
Soldier Pushing against a Wall
Black ink and colored washes on off-white wove paper.
11 x 7 inches (279 x 178 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.

Inscribed at lower right in black ink, "I. Pils"; inscribed on old backing in graphite, "Dessin de Pils a été réduit par P. Renouard et publié dans l'Art - année 1876. Tome I page /232".

Shepherd Gallery, Associates, Inc., New York; from which acquired by Joseph F. McCrindle, New York, 2 May 1984 (McCrindle collection no. A0786).

"French and Continental Drawings, Watercolors, Paintings and Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century," Spring Exhibition 1982. Shepherd Gallery, New York.


As one of Napoleon's preferred realist painters, Isidore Pils was invited to accompany the French army on military expeditions, making sketches in ink and watercolor that he would consult for his later paintings. These watercolors, first exhibited at the Salon of 1855, established him as a premiere watercolorist in France (Gabriel Weisberg, "The Reluctant Realist: The Watercolors of Isidore Pils," Drawing vol. II, no. 3, p. 50). According to an inscription on the old backing, this drawing was reproduced in 1876 by printmaker and illustrator Paul Renouard (1845-1924), Pils' student, in the popular Parisian journal L'Art.
Unidentified collector's mark: black circular stamp at lower left: "AF" (Not in Lugt).

Associated names: 

McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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