Adolf HIREMY-HIRSCHL (Temesvár 1860 - Rome 1933)

Two Studies of a Kneeling Youth Sold

Red and white chalk on reddish-orange paper.
336 x 478 mm. (13 1/4 x 18 3/4 in.)

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This drawing may be a first idea study for the kneeling figure of Leander in Hirémy-Hirschl’s painting of Hero and Leander of c.1893, although the pose of the figure in the finished painting differs somewhat from that studied in the drawing. A drapery study for figure of Leander, drawn in black chalk on blue paper, was on the art market in Rome in 1981.

As a recent scholar has noted, ‘Hirémy-Hirschl came to command outstanding draftsmanly abilities. His preferred media were the broad ones of chalk, charcoal and pastel and he had, even among the general level of impressive expertise among thoroughly trained academic artists, an extremely fine sense of the coloristic interplay of these media on toned and tinted sheets of paper. One expects to find a certain competence in working with charcoal and chalk on brown, blue and gray papers, but Hirémy-Hirschl’s exploration of the chromatic possibilities in such combinations is extended to a most remarkable beauty and intensity when he moves as well to sheets of orange, rose, and green papers.’

Provenance:
The artist’s studio, Rome
By descent to his daughter Maud
Thence by descent to a private collection
Galleria Carlo Virgilio, Rome
Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, in 1984
Private collection, Hawaii.

Literature:
Chicago, Roger Ramsay Gallery, Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl: The Beauty of Decline, 1984, no.17.

Adolf HIREMY-HIRSCHL

Two Studies of a Kneeling Youth

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