Charles-Laurent Maréchal (Metz 1801 - Bar-le-Duc 1887)
Study of a Man Sold
Charcoal, pastel, red and white chalk on buff paper. Oval. Signed Maréchal in red chalk at the lower right centre.421 x 313 mm. (16 1/2 x 12 1/4 in.) [image]457 x 325 mm. (18 x 12 3/4 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
The second half of his career found Maréchal working frequently in pastel, depicting genre subjects, portraits and landscapes. Among the pastels by the artist in public collections is a very large and highly finished composition depicting two peasant women cowering in fear of a wolf, exhibited at the Salon of 1876 and today in the Louvre, while a copy in pastel by Maréchal after a detail of one of the paintings in Rubens’s Marie de Medici cycle is in the Musée Barrois at Bar-le-Duc. A number of other pastels by Maréchal are today in the museum in Metz, while a splendid pastel portrait of the Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt, dated 1840, is in the collection of the Richard-Wagner-Museum in Bayreuth.