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The Suicide

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Description The palette, pistol, and note lying on the floor suggest the tragic sequence of events that has taken place. An artist overcome by adversity has taken his life. Although no particular victim is indicated, this subject might have been prompted by the suicides in 1835 of Decamps' fellow artists Léopold Robert and Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, whose late paintings had been severely criticized. Decamps pursued a successful career painting a few historical subjects, numerous scenes based on his travels in the Near East in the early 1830s, and views of hunting in the Fontainebleau forest.
Date Description Narrative
Treatmentloss compensation; other
8/01/1972Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
1/13/1989Loan Considerationexamined for loan
9/11/1989Treatmentloss compensation; other
10/06/1989Treatmentloss compensation; other
4/24/2002Loan Considerationexamined for loan
1/01/2005Treatmentloss compensation; stabilized
11/30/2010Examinationexamined for loan
  • The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
  • Paris-New York, a Continuing Romance. Wildenstein & Company, New York. 1977.
  • The Art of the July Monarchy: France 1830-1848. Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia. 1989-1990.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
  • Bohèmes. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid. 2012-2013.
Provenance Henri Didier, 1845 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Charles de la Roche, 1868 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Wm. T. Blodgett Sale, New York, April 27, 1876, no. 88; John Taylor Johnston Sale, December 22, 1876, no. 86; S. P. Avery, 1876, by purchase; William T. Walters, Baltimore, December 20, 1876, by purchase [Robert Somerville as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: DECAMPS
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878

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ca. 1836
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 15 3/4 x W: 22 1/16 in. (40 x 56 cm); Framed H: 28 1/8 x W: 34 3/8 x D: 5 in. (71.44 x 87.31 x 12.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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