Figures in a Landscape before a Harbor

Object Details

Title:

Figures in a Landscape before a Harbor

Artist/Maker(s):

Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, 1604 or 1605 ? - 1682)

Culture:

French

Date:

late 1630s

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, reddish brown wash, and white gouache heightening

Dimensions:

23.8 x 33.8 cm (9 3/8 x 13 5/16 in.)

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An imaginative architectural setting and brilliant light effects make this drawing an excellent example of Claude Lorrain's harbor scenes. He let the light-blue paper serve as a middle ground for both water and sky. By allowing the paper to peek through his washes in other places, he used its gentle color to subtly unify his composition.

Like his near-contemporary Nicolas Poussin, Claude spent most of his life in Rome, where his art was strongly inspired by the Roman campagna, or countryside. He probably made this drawing as a study for a painting that was commissioned by the French ambassador in Rome and is now in a private collection. This sheet could also be a copy after that picture.

Provenance
February 6, 1840

William Esdaile, British, 1758 - 1837, [lot 648]

Baron Adalbert von Lanna, Czech, 1836 - 1909 (Prague)

May 6, 1910

Gutekunst (Stuttgart), [lot 257]

Art Market (Paris)

Exhibitions
In the Light of Claude Lorrain (Im Licht von Claude Lorrain) (March 12 to May 29, 1983) (34; catalogue by M. Roethlisberger)
  • Haus der Kunst (Munich), March 12 to May 29, 1983
European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992) (34; catalogue by M. Roethlisberger)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (26)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (99)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Classicism and Neoclassicism in French Drawing, 1600-1860 (October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995) (99)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001) (99)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009) (99)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009