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Frédéric Bazille

The Digital Catalogue Raisonné

by Michel Schulman
© Musée Fabre, Montpellier

Academy of Man

Dessin au crayon noir, fusain et estompe sur papier vergé filigrané
62 x 47 cm - 24 7/16 x 18 1/2 in.
Annotation : Daté du 27 mars 1863 en haut à gauche
Montpellier, Musée Fabre, France - Inv. 49.5.2
Dernière mise à jour : 2022-03-17 19:22:27
Référence : MSb-95


Famille de l'artiste, Montpellier - Frédéric Bazille, neveu de l'artiste, Montpellier, jusqu'en 1949 - Don de Frédéric Bazille au musée Fabre en 1949.


Montpellier, musée Fabre, 1941, n° 40 - Paris, galerie Wildenstein, 1950, n° 2 - Montpellier, musée Fabre, 1959, n° 41 - Montpellier, musée Fabre, 1971 - Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1978, n° 2, repr. p. 35 - Montpellier, musée Fabre, 1991-1992, Frédéric Bazille : 150e anniversaire, p. 20, fig. 20 - Montpellier, New York, 1992-1993, n° 1, repr. p. 78 - Paris, musée Marmottan Monet, 2003-2004, cat. 24, repr. p. 15 - Montpellier, Paris, Washington, 2016-2017, cat. 4, repr. p. 219 et fig. 62, repr. p. 113    [Les références sont du catalogue en français].


Poulain, 1932, p. 222 - Sarraute, 1948, L'œuvre de Frédéric Bazille, 1948, appendice, n° 6 - Sarraute, Arts, 1950 - Daulte, Bazille et ses amis, 1952, n° 6, p. 193 [Thèse de l'Ecole du Louvre non publiée] - Claparède, 1962, n° 14 - Daulte, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, 1992, p. 15 (repr.) [Réédition de 1952 avec photos en couleur] - Michel, Bazille, 1992, p. 77 - Frédéric Bazille. Correspondance, 1992, Presses du Languedoc, 1992, repr. p. 35 - Jourdan, Cat. exp. Montpellier, New York, 1992-1993, n° 1, repr. p. 78 - Bajou, Frédéric Bazille, 1993, p. 29 (repr.) - Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné, 1995, n° 6 des dessins, repr. p. 238 - Hilaire, Jones, Perrin, Cat. exp. Montpellier, Paris, Washington, 2016-2017, cat. 4, repr. p. 219 et fig. 62, repr. p. 113 [Les références sont du catalogue en français] - Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné numérique, 2022, n° 95.

A few days after replying his father, who asked him for proof, if not of his talent, at least of his work, Bazille started another academy, this time of a man. In a letter to his mother in March 1863, he wrote: "I am currently doing an academy which I am quite happy with; I will send it to you soon. Mr. Gleyre told me that I am making progress".

The model has changed. The character - a man - is this time seen from three quarters and the face in profile, in contrast to the other subject. Bazille emphasizes the forms, giving a particular relief to the muscles. Here again, the face is fully successful, the beard, however, partially hiding the articulation with the neck.

Like the Academy of Woman, this drawing nonetheless gives the impression of a scholar work, an impression reinforced by the presence of the wooden support on which the man rests his two hands. Bazille again seems to have escaped the question of the hands. The left hand is badly drawn. The right arm also seems too long. Finally, the tip of the right foot should be hidden by the foot of the saddle, which is not the case. Note that Bazille has reworked his drawing and the initial position of the right leg has been reworked, which is still visible.

This drawing is nevertheless quite successful, which confirms the abilities of the beginner.