Description & Technical information

As one modern scholar has written of Théodore Valério’s drawings, ‘En même temps qu'un type, chacun de ses personnages est une portrait. La main est légère, les formes harmonieuses, la ligne pure autant que la touche franche et spirituelle. C'est une riche moisson pour la grâce comme pour l'étrangeté, avec la saveur piquante de l'inconnu.’ An important group of drawings by Valério - views of Hungary executed in 1851-1852, numbering around one hundred pencil drawings and eighty watercolours - was purchased by the State at the Exposition Universelle of 1855 and is today in the collection of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

An exhibition of some seventy drawings by Valério, many drawn in Brittany, was shown at the Galerie Pierre Gaubert in Paris in 1980. Among these was a study of a seated Italian peasant, which is very close in style to the present sheet.

Date:  1851/52
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Pencil, Brush, Brown ink, Watercolour, Gouache, light brown paper
Signature: Stamped with the Valerio vente stamp (Lugt 2476) at the lower left.

Dimensions: 28.5 x 42.7 cm (11¹/₄ x 16³/₄ inches)
Provenance: Among the contents of the artist’s studio at the time of his death
The Valerio studio sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot [Pillet], 12-14 February 1880 (lot number unidentified).

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints