Feb 20, 2019
Feb 20, 2019

Rest on the Flight to Egypt

Rest on the Flight to Egypt

c. 1879

Luc-Olivier Merson

(French, 1846–1920)


Sheet: 36.9 x 51.5 cm (14 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.)

Bequest of William Kelly Simpson 2018.74


Did you know?

Despite the detail of his depictions on the subject, Luc-Olivier Merson never traveled to North Africa.


This charcoal sketch relates to an oil painting that was tremendously popular at the 1879 Paris Salon. In both works, Luc-Olivier Merson depicted the Holy Family finding refuge in a massive sphinx sculpture during the rest on the flight into Egypt. The drawing may have been an independent work or, more likely, a study for the painting or a related print.

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DR - French
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