Oedipe and the Sphinx (after Ingres) by Claude Ferdinand Gaillard

Oedipe and the Sphinx (after Ingres) by Claude Ferdinand Gaillard

Oedipe and the Sphinx (after Ingres)

Claude Ferdinand Gaillard

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Title

Oedipe and the Sphinx (after Ingres)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1870  
Technique
engraving with extensive graphite drawing 
Image Size
10 x 7 1/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right, below image 
Edition Size
proof 
Annotations
inscribed "Etat tire a 3 epr"; red collector's stamp of Phillipe Burty (1830 - 1890, Lugt 413 and 2071) within platmark, lower left; stamp of Henri Beraldi (Lugt 230) on verso; third stamp unidentified on verso (blue flower) 
Reference
The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1908.435 
Paper
soft, antique-white wove 
State
proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
JEJA171 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

In this proof we see the artist puzzling out his vision for this composition, dark strokes of graphite in the background bringing forward the figure of Oedipus into the light as the Sphinx eyes him from the shadow of a cave. As with the original painting of the same name by Ingres, emphasis is placed on the contrast of light and shadow, the classical representation of good and evil, in order to pinpoint the moment in which Oedipus triumphantly untangles the riddle the Sphinx has set before him, thus freeing Thebes.

A red collector’s stamp on the recto is that of Phillipe Burty (Lugt 413 and 2071), one of Gaillard’s first major champions in the critical Parisian art world. On the verso is the collector’s stamp of Henri Beraldi (Lugt 230) and a third stamp, an unidentified blue floral (Lugt 3726)

 

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