Landscape with Two Ruined Castles

A work made of brush with brown ink and brown wash, over black crayon and graphite, with shellac, on ivory wove paper, laid down on tan wove paper.
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  • A work made of brush with brown ink and brown wash, over black crayon and graphite, with shellac, on ivory wove paper, laid down on tan wove paper.

Date:

1847

Artist:

Victor Marie Hugo
French, 1802-1885

About this artwork

In addition to being a major presence in nineteenth-century French literature, Victor Hugo holds a unique position in the realm of the visual arts. His drawings established him as one of the most influential draftsmen of his time, a bridge between the romantics and the symbolists. It is the large-scale abstract works, such as this drawing, broadly handled, unclear, brooding, and mysterious, which are Hugo’s greatest legacy. This particular drawing was obviously highly prized by Hugo; only his major works received lengthy dedications, and this drawing is inscribed on both the mat and frame. The inscription reads in part: "Standing, facing each other, they resemble two black giants ready for battle.”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Victor Marie Hugo

Title

Landscape with Two Ruined Castles

Origin

France

Date

1847

Medium

Brush with brown ink and brown wash, over black crayon and graphite, with shellac, on ivory wove paper, laid down on tan wove paper

Dimensions

268 × 465 mm

Credit Line

Gift of the Marjorie Blum-Kovler Collection and the Harry and Maribel G. Blum Foundation

Reference Number

1989.168

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