Head of a Lion - Charles-Edme Saint-Marcel

Head of a Lion

(Paris 1819 - Fontainebleau 1890)

Pencil on paper
H. 200 mm; W. 260 mm
Signed lower left: STMarcel

Date: ca. 1860-1880

Provenance: Private collection, France

Charles-Edme Saint-Marcel-Cabin was a pupil and later an associate of Delacroix, who gave him a taste for painting animals. He exhibited regularly in the Salon, showing animal drawings and landscapes.
His drawings are remarkable for their rapid technique and steady handling with broad lines, frequently heightened with watercolours. Their powerful expression combined with the lions’ simple dignity can be compared with the works of the sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye.
This lion is typical of his nervous, firm manner which can be compared with the series of drawings at the Musée Bonnat in Bayonne.

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