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Sheet with two studies of a female nude
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Sheet with two studies of a female nude


Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

Graphite on laid paper

Height: 25.7 cm; Width: 38.4 cm;

Graphite by the artist, lower left & recto, left half of sheet, ou bien elle tient la pomme./ la maladie, les maux, le peché les attendent. la mort dans l'arbre de la science

Graphite by the artist, lower right & recto, right half of sheet, les faire après la faute. appuyés tristement à l'arbre / Adam consterné et assis

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
The two female nudes juxtaposed on this study sheet relate to different projects that Delacroix was working on in the late 1840s. The figure combing her hair on the left was used in preparation of Le Lever, a painting praised for its sensuousness when it was exhibited in Paris in 1850–51. Delacroix’s inscription suggests that the figure on the right represents Eve reaching for the apple. The women’s bodies and movements are captured with great freedom with loose yet assured graphite strokes typical of Delacroix. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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