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JOSEPH FÉLON (Bordeaux 1818-1897 Nice) The Death of Jean Goujon.
Watercolor on wove paper, 1844. 190x230 mm; 7 3/8x9 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right recto.
Sold W. M. Brady & Co., Inc., New York, November 29, 1990.
Jean Goujon (circa 1510-circa 1565) was a French Renaissance sculptor and architect who worked in the Mannerist style. His most famous works are the sculptural decorations made in collaboration with the architect Pierre Lescot for the western extension of the Louvre, Paris, 1555-62. Goujon was a Protestant; he escaped the French Wars of Religion by exiling himself in Italy in 1562. He probably died in Bologna, where he is last documented in 1563 as a member of a group of Huguenot refugees.