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Henry Fuseli (1741 - 1825)

Lot 186: Henry Fuseli, R.A. 1741 - 1825 , studies of a male nude


June 6, 2007
London, United Kingdom

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pen and brown ink over pencil


22.2 by 17.5 cm.; 8 3/4 by 7 in.


Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 24 March 1981, lot 13 (£4,500)


The present lot can be compared with the sheet of two studies of men pulling bell-ropes, dated 1777-9 (see G. Schiff, Johann Heinrich Füssli 1741-1825, 1973, cat no. 631). Fuseli returned to the pose of the smaller figure in a later study of the 1790's (see G. Schiff, lit.op.cit., 1973, no. 1145).

These powerful nude male figures with their elongated limbs and heroic anatomy are closely related to Fuseli?s frequent representations of heroes and rebels (Satan, Achilles, Siegfried, etc.) derived from the statue of the Dioscuri or the Horse Tamers of Monte Cavallo (Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome).

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June 6, 2007, 12:00 PM EST

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