Victor Hugo(1802 - 1885)
Collection of Mrs. R. Lyna, Bruxelles; Galerie Jan Krugier
Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, Zürich
Jason McCoy Gallery, New York: Masterworks by Cézanne, Hugo, Klee, Kubin, Munch, Redon, Turner and others, January 29 – March 28, 2009; The Drawing Center, New York: Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo, April 16 – June 13, 1998; Jan Krugier Gallery, New York: Victor Hugo and The Romantic Vision, Drawings and Watercolors, May 4 – July 27, 1990; traveled to Galerie Jan Krugier, Geneva, April 25 – June 15, 1991.
Negroponte, George and Ann Philbin, Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo, New York: The Drawing Center, 1998, no. 71, p. 113; Victor Hugo and The Romantic Vision, Drawings and Watercolors, exhibition catalogue, Geneva: Galerie Jan Krugier, 1991, cat. no. 10, p. 87, reproduced p. 35; Cornaille, Roger and Georges Herscher, Victor Hugo Dessinateur, Lausanne: La Guilde du Livre, 1963, no. 77, p. 44, reproduced p. 78.
In 1858-59, this drawing was given by Mr. de Lomenie (author of “Histoire des hommes illustres par un homme de rien”) to the grandmother of Mrs. Lyna.
Described as an “important” drawing in the catalogue entry to the 1998 exhibition at the Drawing Center, our drawing depicts the tower of Saint-Rombault, admired by Hugo on a trip to Belgium, placed amidst an imaginary landscape filled with excess detail and distorted perspectives.