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    HUGUES MERLE (French, 1823-1881)
    Mary Magdalene in the Cave, 1868
    Oil on canvas
    17-3/4 x 23-1/2 inches (45.1 x 59.7 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Hugues Merle 1868

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, Amsterdam.

    The French academic painter Hugues Merle gained acclaim during his lifetime for his idealized depictions of family life and of historical and religious subjects. He was often associated with his friend and rival, William-Adolphe Bouguereau; in fact, their shared dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, urged Bouguereau to add to his pictorial repertoire Merle's interpretation of familial love, which had defined his most successful Salon entries during the 1840s through '60s. Whether imaging modern-day Madonnas with children, Susanna at her bath, or, as here, Mary Magdelene, Merle favored emotion-filled, often seductive, facial expressions and languid bodies to connote drama and pathos. Indeed, his Mary Magdelene emerges as the enraptured captive of Christ's love.

    The Musée du Luxembourg, Paris; Wallace Collection, London; and Metropolitan Museum, New York, are among the institutions featuring Merle's finest works.


    More information about HUGUES MERLE, also known as Merle, Hugues, Hugues Merle.

    Condition Report*: Re-lined canvas; scattered areas of faint craquelure throughout; otherwise in very good condition; not examined under black light. Original frame. Framed Dimensions 26.75 X 32.5 Inches
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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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