Getty Adds a Victor Hugo Mindscape
|Victor Hugo, Landscape at the Castle, 1857. J. Paul Getty Museum|
The Getty sheet, Landscape at the Castle, was sold by Ambrose Duchemin gallery, Paris. Executed in ink wash, charcoal, and white gouache, it's 6.7 by 11 inches. Like many of Hugo's drawings, it was made on the Isle of Guernsey during Hugo's self-imposed exile from Napoleon III's France.
The Hammer Museum owns a heliograph print by Hugo. As far as I can tell, Landscape at the Castle becomes the only Hugo drawing in an L.A. collection. At the Getty, it joins a watercolor by the Hugo's literary contemporary, George Sand.