Fernand CORMON (Paris 1845 - Paris 1924)

The Head of a Young Girl in Profile

Oil on canvas.
18 x 16.6 cm. (7 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.)

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This oil sketch shares the same provenance and technique as two studies of male heads by Cormon in an English private collection, while a similar portrait sketch of the head of a woman was on the art market in New York in 1979. Cormon used the same technique of thinly painted oil over a pencil underdrawing on canvas in preparatory studies for his larger compositions, such as an oil sketch of The Head of Cain in the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame, which is a study for the artist’s most famous work; the monumental canvas of Cain Fleeing with his Family, painted in 1880 and today in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Provenance:
The artist’s studio
By descent to the artist's daughter, Madeleine Couderc
Her sale, ('Succession Cormon'), Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 7 March 1984, part of lot 16
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 19 January 1995, part of lot 366
P. & D. Colnaghi, London
Private collection, London, in 1996
Private collection, London.

Fernand CORMON

The Head of a Young Girl in Profile

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