Study for Young Mourning His Daughter and the Death of Cato, Antoine-Jean Gros, c. 1793-97. Pen and ink on paper. Paris, Musée du Louvre.
"Gros had been fascinated for some time with the melancholic aspects of [Anne-Louis] Girodet’s work: in Florence he had executed a now-lost painting of the English poet Edward Young mourning his dead daughter at night. His surviving drawings on this theme, of an uncertain date, suggest that he used the theme to draw a connection between irrational, artistic inspiration and moonlight — the same connection found in Girodet’s Endymion. (Young wrote of the moon as the ‘divinity of sensitive souls’ who could inspire him ‘with song worthy of the heavens,’ and he portrayed Endymion as having succumbed to the poetic inspiration of the moon.)” —After the Revolution: Antoine-Jean Gros, Painting and Propaganda Under Napoleon, David O’Brien

Study for Young Mourning His Daughter and the Death of Cato, Antoine-Jean Gros, c. 1793-97. Pen and ink on paper. Paris, Musée du Louvre.

"Gros had been fascinated for some time with the melancholic aspects of [Anne-Louis] Girodet’s work: in Florence he had executed a now-lost painting of the English poet Edward Young mourning his dead daughter at night. His surviving drawings on this theme, of an uncertain date, suggest that he used the theme to draw a connection between irrational, artistic inspiration and moonlight — the same connection found in Girodet’s Endymion. (Young wrote of the moon as the ‘divinity of sensitive souls’ who could inspire him ‘with song worthy of the heavens,’ and he portrayed Endymion as having succumbed to the poetic inspiration of the moon.)” —After the Revolution: Antoine-Jean Gros, Painting and Propaganda Under Napoleon, David O’Brien

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