Death of the Vagabond

La mort du vagabond

1875
Alphonse Legros (French, 1837–1911)


Catalogue Raisonné

I.F.F. 19C 62; Bliss 89

Dimensions

Sheet: 64.3 x 45.8 cm (25 5/16 x 18 1/16 in.) Platemark: 55 x 38.9 cm (21 5/8 x 15 5/16 in.) Image: 53.3 x 37.7 cm (21 x 14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1963

Medium or Technique

Etching, drypoint, and aquatint

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

“Death of the Vagabond,” 1875, embodies Legros’s influential adherence to realist motifs as well as his taste for dark subject matter. His thick etched line and coarse-grained aquatint reinforce the charged emotion of the subject. The mystical association of the dying man and the dying tree also help to pave the way for Symbolist works of the following decade. This tendency is also seen in Legros’s suggestion of the hat brim to suggest a halo sanctifying the cast-off man.

Inscription

Signed lower right in graphite pencil: A. Legros
Lower left in graphite pencil: La mort du vagabond / 89

Provenance

Gallerie Michel (Paris); from whom purchased by Eric Bartholomay (Coventry, RI); his gift to MFA, 22 November 2006.

Credit Line

Gift of Eric Bartholomay