Man in Turkish Costume

by Alexandre Marie Colin


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 6.3 x 3.7 ins/ 15.9 x 9.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Stamped with the artist’s initials (lower left)
MEDIUM: Pencil on paper


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    Catalogue No: 6274 Categories: ,

    Colin is best known for his lithographs and paintings, so this work serves as a very interesting insight into this artist’s hand in sketching. The outcome of his artistic training under Girodet, and his study of the old masters, is evident here in this well proportioned figure with his shapely and ruffled clothes. The stance is also significant, as the subject is seen from behind looking pensively – with their hands folded towards our gaze – into some unknown space, stepping slightly towards it. Even the use of directional light can be seen here to enhance the impression of this character, and gives the pencil study perspective and dimensionality. Colin has achieved this through light shading with his pencil, but also very faint stains can be detected, revealing the subtle skill and thought the artist put into this work.

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    Alexandre Marie Colin was a French artist, born in Paris at the end of the 18th Century in 1798, and lived through the next until 1875. He made his artistic career as a painter and lithographer of genre, historical, and religious scenes.

    He studied under Girodet, who himself notably combined a neoclassical style with the theatrical atmospheres of romanticism. This training seemed to have an effect on Collin’s practise – his paintings were both composed through careful study of the old masters, and flooded with dynamism and dramatic light. His earlier work featured more painterly, expressive brushstrokes than was appreciated by salons at the time, so his style adapted gradually to what was more accepted by contemporary appetites.

    He was a close friend to Eugène Delacroix and Achille Devéria, and even shared a studio with Delacroix in the 1820s, lithographing each others’ works.

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