Jean-Michel Moreau Le Jeune (1741 - 1814)

A Design for a Chapter Heading, with a Bust of Athena and Emblems of the Arts and Sciences Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over traces of a pencil underdrawing.
Signed and dated J. M. Moreau , Le J.ne 1812. at the lower right.
125 x 199 mm. (4 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

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The present sheet was once in the collection of the 19th century art historian Marie-Joseph-François Mahérault (1795-1879), who compiled the first catalogue raisonné of Moreau’s work. Mahérault’s collection of drawings, dispersed at auction the year after his death, included nearly three hundred sheets by Moreau le jeune.

Provenance:
Marie-Joseph-François Mahérault, Paris
His posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 27-29 May 1880, lot 207 (‘Buste de Minerve au milieu de ses attributs, 1812. - Frontispice. Dessin au bistre. Haut., 12 cent. 1/2; larg., 20 cent.’), sold for 155 francs.

Literature:
M.-J.-F. Mahérault, L’oeuvre de Moreau le Jeune: Catalogue raisonné et descriptif, Paris, 1880, p.500, no.569 (‘Buste de Minerve au milieu de ses attributs, 1812. Dessin au bistre oblong. (Collection Mahérault).’

Jean-Michel MOREAU

A Design for a Chapter Heading, with a Bust of Athena and Emblems of the Arts and Sciences

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