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
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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