Théodore Chassériau

Study of Two Heads

1840
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.
Title
Study of Two Heads
Date
1840
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
22.8 x 29.9 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1968
Accession number
15678

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