L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Study of Adam for Le Paradis perdu by Alexandre Cabanel, before 1867

This is a finished sketch of the figure of Adam for Cabanel's painting Le Paradis perdu (Paradise Lost). The original painting was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, and was exhibited at the Universal Exhibition of 1867 in Paris, but was destroyed in the bombing of Munich during World War II. Cabanel also executed a reduced version of this work, now titled Adam et Ève chassés du Paradis or Adam et Ève après la chute (Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise or Adam and Eve after the fall), which survives in a private collection. Adam's pose in this sketch is noticeably different than that in the finished painting.

The smaller, surviving version of Paradise Lost. 1867.


Two preparatory sketches; both reflect the pose the artist eventually chose for the figure of Adam.

Another sketch for the project, this version using the same pose as that in the featured study of Adam.

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