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Gallery Text

Like Redon, Dulac was an odd, isolated figure. Always spiritual, he eventually underwent a full religious conversion and participated in the Catholic revival of the late 19th century. In his art, he focused on pure landscapes without human figures as the conduit for conveying his ardent faith. This particular work was executed at Vézelay, a Benedictine monastery in Burgundy. It served as the basis for a print published as part of Dulac’s portfolio of lithographs and zincographs called Suite de Paysages (1892–93). His sacred landscapes were much admired, notably by the painter Maurice Denis, who recognized that for Dulac, “Nature is a book which contains the word of God.” In 1898, a few years after this drawing was made, Dulac and his friend, novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848–1907), founded an artist’s colony in western France that they modeled on the Benedictine order. The experiment ended abruptly with Dulac’s death that same year.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.69
People
Charles-Marie Dulac, French (Paris, France 1865 - 1898 Paris, France)
Title
Landscape Study for Le Vent (Terrasse de Vezelay)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Landscape (preparatory for the lithograph Landscape, remarque of a snake)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1892-1893
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gouache over graphite on off-white modern laid paper, mounted on brown wove paper; verso: graphite
Dimensions
20 x 28.4 cm (7 7/8 x 11 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: mount, l.r., black ink: Inv. No. 813
  • inscription: mount, l.r., graphite: La terrasse de Vezelay / [L'] Etude
  • inscription: l.r.c.: [SATZ]?
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Pearl K. and Daniel Bell
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.69
Division
European and American Art
Contact
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Exhibition History

Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870–1910, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

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