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Catalogue Théodule Ribot, édité par la galerie De Bayser

Théodule Ribot (1823-1891)

Published in December 2020

  • Introduction by Gabriel P. Weisberg, Ph.D.  Read
  • Hand studies by Théodule Ribot
  • The family of Théodule Ribot
  • The seascapes
  • The Breton women
  • Mortality
  • The Aizpiri provenance
  • Conclusion

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by Gabriel P. Weisberg, Ph.D.

Despite the absence of an in-depth study of his work, and the all-too-few publications tracing his career, Théodule-Augustin Ribot (1823-1891) remains one of the most demanding artists of the realist movement.

The collection of drawings presented here reveals the importance Ribot attached to the medium – and not just in preparing his painted compositions. His drawings often convey personal impressions or revolve around an idea or motif on which he is working. Several groups stand out here: studies of figures, including several portraits of his family; landscapes and seascapes; studies of Breton women; studies of skulls; and studies of hands.

The most important group is the hand studies. While each group sheds significant light on the understanding of Ribot’s work, it is worth starting with the hand studies. They are among his most expressive and spontaneous studies, and Ribot would return to this theme throughout his life.

Théodule Ribot, (1823-1891), Main gauche - Plume et encre noire - 9,5x10 cm - Monogramme de l'artiste en bas à droite

Main gauche
(Left hand)
Pen and black ink
9.5 x 10 cm
Artist’s monogram lower right