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Studies for a Ceiling Decoration (recto); Studies for a Ceiling Decoration (verso)
Charles de La Fosse (French, 1636 - 1716)
Pen, red chalk, watercolor and gouache (recto); Black and red chalk (verso)
26 × 36.2 cm (10 1/4 × 14 1/4 in.)
In the central oval of this elaborate design for a ceiling, a loosely sketched couple wrestles among the clouds while other figures watch above them. Charles de la Fosse quickly sketched the central mythological scene but focused most of his attention on the surrounding decoration. Along the border and frame, he showed various options for ornamental
La Fosse used this drawing as a presentation piece for an unknown ceiling decoration project. Although the artist was one of the most fashionable decorative painters in