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Head of a Child (Emmanuel)

A work made of black conté crayon on ivory laid paper, ruled in blue pencil at edges.
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  • A work made of black conté crayon on ivory laid paper, ruled in blue pencil at edges.




Charles Angrand
French, 1854–1926

About this artwork

The typical relationship between light and dark is reversed in this drawing. A bright, crawling infant, leaning its weight on its forearms, seems to emerge from the shadows. This technique, wherein individual marks give way to a broader, atmospheric effect, was indebted to Georges Seurat, whom Angrand knew well. Although he made his name in Paris, after the death of his father Angrand retreated to his hometown of Saint-Laurent-en-Caux to care for his mother in 1896. This work comes from that period. Angrand explained that in his drawings, “animals, objects, and people … appear in simple shapes, summarizing the observer’s [own] feelings.”


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Charles Angrand


Head of a Child (Emmanuel)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1898


Black Conté crayon on ivory laid paper, ruled in blue pencil at edges


Signed and dated lower left, in black conté crayon: "CHARLES ANGRAND 98"; marked with cipher upper left and inscribed across the bottom (by an absence of media): "EMMANUEL"


62.5 × 47.8 cm (24 5/8 × 18 7/8 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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