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Frédéric Bazille

The Digital Catalogue Raisonné

by Michel Schulman
© Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Caricature of Venus of Milo and Various Other Caricatures

Paris, Musée d'Orsay, France - Inv. RF 5260 folio 4 recto
Dernière mise à jour : 2022-04-26 20:45:09
Référence : MSb-128


Famille de l'artiste - Marc Bazille, frère de l'artiste, Montpellier - Don de Marc Bazille au musée du Louvre, 1921 - Musée d'Orsay [Conservé au département des Arts graphiques du musée du Louvre].


Montpellier, Paris, Washington, 2016-2017, repr. p. 261.


Marandel, Cat. exp. The Art Institute of Chicago, 1978, n° 7, repr. p. 216 - Schulman, 1995, folio 4 recto, repr. p. 266 - Hilaire, Jones, Perrin, Cat. exp. Montpellier, Paris, Washington, 2016-2017, repr. p. 261 - Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné numérique, 2022, n° 128.

The Venus de Milo is affixed with a pipe and knitting needles in her hair. This is undoubtedly the work of Bazille's studio mates, who wrote to his parents in February 1863: "It is very difficult to send rolls of paper, my studies are usually not very presentable at the end of the week, all dirty as they are and covered with the caricatures my neighbors make on them".

The crooked man on the lower left is the same as the one on the left of folio 6 recto, Caricatures and a Seated Monk.