EUGENE LOUIS GABRIEL ISABEY (1803-1886)
A SKETCH FOR 'CHRIST UPON THE SEA OF GALILEE'
Studio Stamp: Vente d'Isabey
oil on board
28 x 22.5cm
Artist's Studio Sale, Paris, Chevalier, 30-31st March 1887, Lot 110 ('Jesus marchant sur les flots').
Thence to Richard Bergh (1858-1919), Director of Swedish National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.
From whose estate sold 7th February 1920.
Isabey was one of France's foremost marine painters and was prolific in his output. This particular sketch is of particular art historical significance: Isabey was a great friend of Eugene Delacroiz. Delacroix painted this particular subject several times and these paintings hang today in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art among others. Isabey is known to have travelled with Delacroix often, and it is possible that this particular sketch was executed alongside Delacroix's own depictions of the subject while on their travels together.
The scene is taken from the Gospel accounts of Christ approaching a ship which the disciples were taking to Capernaum across the Sea of Galilee, after Christ had gone to pray alone in the wake of St John the Baptist's death. Peter tried to approach Christ, but fearing the storm he began to sink, whereupon Christ caught him and brought him back to the disciples' ship. Here we see Christ holding Peter, with the storm evoked very effectively by the palette and indistinct clouds and background.
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