Dec 27, 2018

Seated Man and Woman

Seated Man and Woman

c. 1830–60

Célestin François Nanteuil

(French, 1813–1873)

Pen and brown ink, watercolor and scoring (recto), pen and brown ink (verso) on medium weight wove paper

Sheet: 25.8 x 19.8 cm (10 3/16 x 7 13/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2018.1064


Did you know?

Nanteuil was close friends with the writer and artist Victor Hugo, who influenced his work.


This drawing shows Célestin Nanteuil’s accomplishments as both a fine artist and illustrator. On one side, a couple converses, depicted in dense areas of ink—a practice Nanteuil learned from his friend, the author and artist Victor Hugo. Nanteuil scratched into these dark areas to create highlights. The back of the sheet features casually sketched vignettes, probably designed to accompany text in a book.

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