Jan 11, 2019

Two Dolls or Puppets Sitting on Cushions

Two Dolls or Puppets Sitting on Cushions

c. 1870-80

Henri Joseph Harpignies

(French, 1819-1916)

Watercolor with graphite underdrawing on heavily textured wove paper

Sheet: 38.6 x 28.5 cm (15 3/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2018.1061


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Harpignies made this drawing as an example for one of his pupils to study and emulate.


Henri Harpignies was best known for landscapes, and this sheet is a rare example of his still life practice. It belongs to a group of drawings created for his pupil, the Comtesse de Kermaingant, providing her with instruction in watercolor. Two dolls or puppets are propped on a pillow, allowing the comtesse to study the drapery of their costume and shadows of their placement on cushions.

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