Study for In the Woods, Evening

Study for In the Woods, Evening

1892-94

Alexandre Séon

(French, 1855-1917)

Colored pencils on laid paper

Support: Modern laid paper

Sheet: 35.2 x 23 cm (13 7/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2019.77

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This drawing relates to a painting that was exhibited to critical acclaim at the 1894 Société nationale des Beaux-Arts—an important avant-garde exhibition—but is lost today.

Description

In this drawing of nymphs holding lyres, Alexandre Séon hoped to depict, in his words, “the spirit of the forest.” He was inspired by fairy-tales he heard as a child about the woods near the remote village where he grew up. By applying colored pencils to a roughly textured sheet of paper, Séon evoked the hazy tones of twilight and gave the sheet a dreamlike tenor.

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