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EUGÈNE DELACROIX Feuille d'études, avec Héliodore vaincu du Temple, pour St. Sulpice.
Pencil on paper, circa 1855. 450x276 mm; 17 3/4x10 7/8 inches. With the artist's red ink stamp (Lugt 838a, lower right recto).
Provenance: Jacques Fischer, Paris; Eric Carlson, New York; private collection, New York, 2006.
Exhibited: "Eugène Delacroix, Paintings and Drawings; Peter Paul Rubens, Three Oil Sketches," Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, November 15-December 30, 1989, with the label.
Delacroix (1798-1863) completed three murals over the span of several years for the church of St. Sulpice, Paris, in 1861, considered among the masterpieces of his oeuvre: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, The Defeat of Satan by the Archangel Michael, and The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple in the Jerusalem. Additional pencil studies for these murals, like the current drawing, are in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York.