Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson

Study for “The Entombment of Atala”

c. 1806-1807
This vivacious drawing is a preparatory study for one of Girodet's most celebrated paintings. It is based on Chateaubriand's romantic novel, Atala, ou Les amours de deux sauvages dans le désert, the story of an ill-fated love, set in New France in the 17th century. Emerging from the scribble of exploratory lines, Atala is seen on her deathbed in the grotto of the missionary Father Aubry, while her lover Chactas, identifiable by his feathers and quiver, falls to his knees beside her.
Title
Study for “The Entombment of Atala”
Date
c. 1806-1807
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink over graphite on laid paper
Dimensions
32.8 x 42.5 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17288

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