Black, white, and red chalk with stumping, pricked for transfer
Support: Light brown wove paper
Sheet: 39.6 x 27.2 cm (15 9/16 x 10 11/16 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.394
This sheet was a preparatory study for the face of a singing boy who appears near the center of Music, a mural decorating the left grand staircase at the Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique, Paris. Drawn from life with exquisite naturalism, Merson captured the sitter’s youthful beauty with such clarity that the purity of the boy’s voice seems to emanate from the drawing.
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