Julien Adolphe DUVOCELLE (Lille 1873 - Corbeil-Essonnes 1961)

Two Skulls Sold

Black chalk and brown wash on varnished light brown paper with an arched top; a drawn border in black chalk.
Signed and dated Duvocelle julien / 98 at the lower right.
346 x 517 mm. (13 5/8 x 20 3/8 in.)


This drawing, dated 1898, is a youthful work by the artist, executed the year after his Salon debut. Its Symbolist overtones and macabre subject are reflected in a comparable drawing by the artist of A Skull with Bulging Eyeballs and a Scythe Gripping a Wall in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Jori Finkel, ‘Lovely Bones’, Art + Auction, October 2008, illustrated in room photograph on p.108.

Julien Adolphe DUVOCELLE

Two Skulls


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