Young Man Leaning Forward with Outstretched Arms (Study for Soldiers Distributing Bread to the Poor)

Young Man Leaning Forward with Outstretched Arms (Study for Soldiers Distributing Bread to the Poor)

c. 1851

Isidore Pils

(French, 1813/15-1875)

Oil, brown oil wash or ink wash, and black crayon

Support: Light brown wove paper lined with cream Japanese paper

Sheet: 33.8 x 26.9 cm (13 5/16 x 10 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.361

Description

This unfinished sketch is a study for Pils's lost painting Soldiers Distributing Bread to the Poor, which was inspired by an actual scene he witnessed in the center of Paris. Here the artist focused his attention on the youth's upper body and left the legs lightly sketched in, indicating that he must have executed the sketch after he had already worked out the larger composition (where the legs are obscured by a low wall).

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Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

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