Eugène Isabey

Naval Combat

c. 1855
The sketch-like quality of this portrayal of an unidentified sea battle suggests it is a study for a more finished work. The son of Jean-Baptiste Isabey, who was a miniature painter and costume designer at the Napoleonic court, Eugène abandoned his father's Classical style, turning instead to the Romantic school for inspiration. He developed an interest in historical and marine painting through his friendship with the artists Eugène Delacroix and Richard Parkes Bonington, becoming one of the first French painters to work out of doors.
Title
Naval Combat
Date
c. 1855
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions
64 x 147.5 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1978
Accession number
23219