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Head of an Old Man
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Head of an Old Man

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Description In addition to the charming illustrations of masquerades and balls and the prints and watercolors depicting the working classes and poor that were so popular among collectors, Gavarni was also capable of producing sensitive and poignant observations of the human condition in pen and ink. Reminiscent of Géricault's series of paintings of mental patients made for the psychologist Georget, Gavarni here captures the resignation of an old man in his decline. The broad shoulders, now stooped, and the wild hair grown white with age hint at a former vitality and energy that has long since slipped away.
Date Description Narrative
2/18/1983Examinationexamined for exhibition
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; re-housed; other
  • Watercolors and Drawings by Gavarni. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1953-1954.
  • French Masterworks on Paper. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1865, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Letter] Lower left: G; [Number] Right of center verso, in graphite: 20
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1865

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iron gall ink and red ink heightened with white on brown, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
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H: 6 5/8 x W: 5 3/16 in. (16.8 x 13.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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