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Joan of Arc

A work made of graphite and colored pencils on tan wove board.
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  • A work made of graphite and colored pencils on tan wove board.




Jan Toorop
Dutch, 1858–1928

About this artwork

Imbued with the sinuous linear style of Toorop’s most celebrated works, this small drawing merges medieval subject matter with the graphic language of Symbolism. Cleverly situated within the voids of a capital letter E, Toorop’s title figure recalls the conventions of medieval manuscript illumination. Indeed, like many of Toorop’s drawings, this work was likely intended for inclusion in a book. The swirling parallel lines in the saint’s hair and the intensity of her downcast posture assert the sympathetic interpretation Toorop offered of this warrior saint, whose canonization was not finalized until 1920.


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Jan Toorop


Joan of Arc


Netherlands (Artist's nationality)


Made 1898


Graphite and colored pencils on tan wove board


Signed recto, lower right, pen and black ink: "J. K. TOOROP"; dated, lower left, in pen and black ink: "1898"; inscribed recto, lower center, in graphite: "IEANNE D’ARC"


Sheet: 15.8 × 11.7 cm (6 1/4 × 4 5/8 in.); Mount: 22.9 × 18.7 cm (9 1/16 × 7 3/8 in.)

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

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