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Pen and brown and black ink and graphite, with touches of brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white, discolored, on cream laid paper prepared with a pale brown wash, tipped on blue laid paper, laid down on cream board
Inscribed lower left: "l'hydra"
18.3 × 15.8 cm (7 1/4 × 6 1/4 in.)
Purchased with funds provided by the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation
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Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau: Sa vie, Son Oeuvre, Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Achevé (Boston, 1976), p. 321, no. 154 (ill.).
“Maineri to Miró: The Regenstein Collection Since 1975,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 26 (2000), pp. 76-77 (ill.)
Suzanne Folds McCullagh, “’A Lasting Monument:’ The Regenstein Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 26 1 (2000), p. 13.
Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, “Exposition Gustave Moreau,” 1906, cat. 45.
New York, Museum of Modern Art, “Odilon Redon, Gustave Moreau, Rodolphe Bresdin,” December 4, 1961- February 4, 1962, cat. 198; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, March 2, 1962-April 15, 1962.
Tokyo, Fujikawa Gallery, “Gustave Moreau, Antoine Bourdelle,” November 1974; traveled to Osaka, the Fujikawa Gallery; and Kobe, the Fujikawa Gallery.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Great Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago: The Harold Joachim Years 1958-1983,” July 24-September 30, 1985, pp. 144-145, cat. 65 (ill.), cat. by Martha Tedeschi.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Acquisitions in the Regenstein Collection 1974-1989.” February 2-May 8, 1990.
Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, “Gustave Moreau (1826-1898),” September 28, 1998-January 4, 1999, cat. 58-4; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, February 10-April 25, 1999; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 7-September 9, 1999.
Gustave Duruflé, Paris [invoice]. Georges Wildenstein (1892-1963), by 1961 [New York 1961]; by descent to his son, Daniel Wildenstein (died 2001), by 1976 [Mathieu, 1976]. Sold by Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, to the Art Institute, 1983.
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