LOUIS-FRANCOIS CASSAS (Azay-Le-Ferron 1756-1827 Versailles)
Figures visiting the ruins of an imaginary antique building
signed and dated in ink ‘l.f. Cassas IV 1777’ (lower left)
black chalk, pen and black ink, gray and brown wash
19 x 15 inches (49.6 x 38.1 cm)
with Patrick Perrin, Paris.
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This work from Cassas’s early years is dated April 1777, shortly before Cassas left the Académie Royale to go on his Grand Tourin the company of the Duc de Chabot in 1779 (see A. Gilet et al., Louis-François Cassas, 1756-1827. Dessinateur – voyageur. Im Banne der Sphinx. Ein französischer Zeichner reist nach Italien in den Orient, exhib. cat., Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, and Tours, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 1994-1995, p. 10). As in many of his later works, often directly inspired by his travels to Italy, Greece and the Middle East, Cassas created a capriccioanimated by figures admiring the monumental architecture of his own invention.
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