Castle Overlooking a River

Object Details

Title:

Castle Overlooking a River

Artist/Maker:

Maxime Lalanne (French, 1827 - 1886)

Culture:

French

Date:

1860s–1870s

Medium:

Vine charcoal, powdered charcoal, with stumping, lifting, and dry brush, fixed

Object Number:

99.GF.54

Dimensions:

40 × 29.5 cm (15 3/4 × 11 5/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Richard A. Simms

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Departing from his usual practice--making politically charged drawings of the slums of Paris--Maxime Lalanne made this quiet drawing as a sensitive study of the provincial French landscape. Imbuing the scene with subtlety by applying rubbed crayon to the slightly irregular surface of laid paper, he presented a Romantic view of the countryside, with attractive, mature trees, a gently meandering river, and a picturesque castle tower.

A superb draftsman, Lalanne used his sketches to work out issues for his technical manual on sketching and as the basis for illustrations in journals and books.

Provenance
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John Mitchell & Sons, London

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Dr. Richard A. Simms

Exhibitions
To Create a Living Art: 19th Century Drawings (May 1 to July 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 1 to July 15, 2001
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009
Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th Century French Drawings and Prints (February 9 to May 15, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 9 to May 15, 2016
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