Chassériau drew quickly and assuredly in black paint; the expressive lines swell and taper dynamically. He then partially worked up the heads, modelling the forms. These two figures would be incorporated in his painting The Trojan Women Mourning (1841) and in later works. Studies of details for larger compositions allowed painters to refine their ideas; the style is deliberately free. Practical in origin, such studies were appreciated for revealing the artist’s creativity, unhampered by the need for laborious finish.