The Olympic Games, an Oil Sketch

Oil on Panel
27.5 x 45.4 cms (10 13/16 x 17 7/8 inches)
Essay: 

This oil sketch is almost certainly a preparatory sketch for Saint-Ours's finished work, now in the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva. There are a number of differences between this study and the monumental finished work, most notably the figure group in the centre of the canvas which is replaced by two naked athletes in the finished painting. The sheer scale of the finished painting (209.5 x 386 cms) would suggest that Saint-Ours would almost certainly have used a number of preparatory drawings and paintings amongst which is our 'esquisse'.

Provenance: 

The Counts della Gherardesca (according to an inscription on the reverse)

Literature: 

Apollo Magazine, October 1976: "Treasures from the Lugt Collection", illustrated p. 292