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GÉRICAULT, Théodore

Rouen, Seine-Maritime 1791 - Paris 1824

Cheval écorché I

Flayed Horse I

c. 1820-1824

pigmented wax

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 9 18 x 8 916 x 4 58 in.

incised on top left of self-base: Geric[a]u [lt scratched out]
to its right, on same line: Ge[ricault]

Acc. No.: 1980.44.7

Credit Line: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

© Artist:


Provenance

  • 1824, 2-3 November, reportedly Géricault's Paris atelier sale
  • allegedly purchased by Susse
  • by spring 1867, sold to Maurice Cottier (d. before July 1882), Paris
  • by 1889, Madame Cottier, his widow
  • until February 1958, Cottier descendants
  • by 1958, London, Alex Reid & Lefèvre Ltd.
  • 1960, 25 October, purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia
  • 1980, gift to the NGA

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 28 March 2012
  • 1866 Rousseau
    Jean Rousseau, "Chronique des arts." L'Univers illustré 9th yr., 525 (April 1866), p. 214
  • 1866 Lagrange
    Léon Lagrange, "Bulletin mensuel. Mars 1866. Exposition du Cercle de l'Union Artistique." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 1st ser., 20, no. 4 (1 April 1986), p. 400
  • 1868 Clément
    Charles Clément, Géricault. Etude biographique et critique. Paris, 1868, p. 325
  • 1872 Mantz
    Paul Mantz, "La Galerie de M. Maurice Cottier." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 2nd ser., 5 (1 May 1872), p. 382
  • 1882 Blondel
    Spire Blondel, "Les Modeleurs en cire (troisième et dernier article)." Gazette des Beaux-Arts ser. 2, 26 (1 November 1882), p. 437
  • 1960 "Notable Works of Art Now on the Market" (advertisement supplement section). The Burlington Magazine 102, no. 687 (June 1960): pl. 16
  • 1965 Peignot
    Jérome Peignot, "Géricault Sculpteur." Connaissance des Arts 155 (1965), p. 48, repro. p. 47
  • 1973 Eitner
    Lorenz Eitner, Charles Clément: Géricault [sic]. 1879 reprint with supplement. Paris, 1973, p. 325, no. 1; 460, no. 1
  • 1973 Schmoll
    J.A. Schmoll, "Géricault Sculpteur. A propos de la découverte d'une statuette en plâtre d'un moribond." Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français (1973), p. 320, no. 1
  • 1978 Grunchec
    Philippe Grunchec, Gericault, tout l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1978, p. 148, no. 21
  • 1980 Hargrove
    June Hargrove, "Flayed Horse." In The Romantics to Rodin: Nineteenth-Century Sculpture from North American Collections. Peter Fusco and H.W. Janson, eds. 5 venues. New York, 1980, p. 285
  • 1983 Eitner
    Lorenz Eitner, Gericault. His Life and Work. London, 1983, p. 333 n. 113
  • 1991 Laveissière
    Sylvain Laveissière, "Cheval échorché." In Géricault. Exh. cat. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1991, p. 335
  • 1994 NGA Sculpture Catalogue
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 50, repro.
  • 2000 Butler and Lindsay
    Ruth Butler, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000, p. 253-259, color repr.

Exhibitions

  • 1866 Paris
    Cercle de l'Union artistique, Paris, 1866

    1889 Paris
    Exposition Centennale de l'Art Français, Paris, 1889, no. 85

    1960 London
    XIX and XX Century French Paintings and Sculpture, Lefevre Gallery, London, 1960, no. 38, repro.

    1974 Washington
    Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist