The Philosopher (Le Philosophe)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Although this work, The Philosopher, developed out of an initial interest in the human form, Jacques Villon gave it a title that evokes the metaphysical realm of the intellect or the incorporeal. The monumentalized figure, swathed in a robe or towel and appearing to hold a newspaper or perhaps a drawing pad, echoes elements from earlier self-portraits and portraits of Villon’s brother, the artist Marcel Duchamp, and may have been based on one of these works.
Oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 31 7/8in. (100.6 x 81cm)
Frame: 46 x 37 1/2 in. (116.8 x 95.3 cm)
Mount: 8 3/8 x 6 in. (21.3 x 15.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower left: "Jacques Villon '30"
Gift of Gerda Stein
Jacques Villon (French, 1875-1963). The Philosopher (Le Philosophe), 1930. Oil on canvas, 39 5/8 x 31 7/8in. (100.6 x 81cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Gerda Stein, 34.1000. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.1000_SL1.jpg)
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