Colored pencils on laid paper
Support: Modern laid paper
Sheet: 35.2 x 23 cm (13 7/8 x 9 1/16 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2019.77
This drawing relates to a painting that was exhibited to critical acclaim at the 1894 Société nationale des Beaux-Arts—an important avant-garde exhibition—but is lost today.
In this drawing of nymphs holding lyres, Alexandre Séon hoped to depict, in his words, “the spirit of the forest.” He was inspired by fairy-tales he heard as a child about the woods near the remote village where he grew up. By applying colored pencils to a roughly textured sheet of paper, Séon evoked the hazy tones of twilight and gave the sheet a dreamlike tenor.
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