Pastel on brown wove paper
Sheet: 63 x 78.5 cm (24 13/16 x 30 7/8 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2014.2
On the back of this drawing, Emile Schuffenecker noted "Nocturne Espagnol / flute," referencing a specific piece of music that provided inspiration for the work.
To record rural landscapes, Emile Schuffenecker often took advantage of recently constructed train lines that facilitated travel outside Paris. Here, he portrayed Meudon, a southwestern suburb. Schuffenecker used easily portable pastel sticks to sketch outdoors, producing studies that he later developed into finished works in his studio. With distinctive vertical marks, he combined complementary colors to increase their intensity, choosing textured brown paper to further this impact. The shimmering result is grounded by massive lichen-covered rocks in the foreground that evoke ancient monumental stones in the area and give the drawing a sense of timelessness.
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