Name European

Cats

Artist: Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix

Culture/People: French

Place: Europe

Media: Pencil on paper

Dims: 15 x 19 x 1.125 in. (frame dims.) (38.1 x 48.2 x 2.8 cm).

Date: n.d.

Description: I collected European things starting off with a Matisse lithograph at sixteen from the eminent modernist dealer Curt Valentine, located in the Fuller building at the corner of 57th street and Madison Avenue in New York. My father used to always include him when he patrolled New York in his yearly and sometimes time’s twice-yearly visits.

Then there came quite a bit later, this Delacroix page from a carnet (sketchbook) which evidently Delacroix used to sketch this tiger-feline repertory at the Paris zoo. I acquired it from the eminent dealer in old master paintings in New York, the Monts. I do not know what sketchbook it might or might not have come from, but it bears the stamp of the Delacroix estate. One might declare it to be a French romantic period “action drawing”.

RTC No: EU0028
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

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