Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 116

In her article in
Kunstmuseets Årsskrift
,

, Inger Hjorth Nielsen provides a clear account of the young
artist’s manner of working, often extending over several years to complete a painting. She refers to a num-
ber of hitherto unidenti
fi
ed drawings which appeared in

and were acquired by the Department of
Prints and Drawings in Statens Museum for Kunst. One of these drawings was identi
fi
ed as the very
fi
rst
sketch for the commission (Fig. A). All of these drawings must be considered as preparatory works for the
fi
nal painting
Moses Commands the Red Sea to Retreat and Pharaoh’s Army Drowns,

,
⅔
x
¼
ft. (

x

cm), Statens Museum for Kunst (Fig. B).
Not all the studies shown in Inger Hjorth Nielsen’s article were used for the
fi
nished commission, nor
was the Loeb collection
Study of Two Women
, which came to public attention only in

. But the two
women, who appear to be looking out to sea where the remnants of Pharaoh’s army are drowning, are
unmistakably reminiscent in style and execution of one of the drawings of three young women in ancient
dress reproduced in the Nielsen article (Fig.
) and might, in a slightly re-worked form, be related to the cen-
tral
fi
gure at the front of the painting.
S.L.

]
FIG. B
C.W. Eckersberg
The Crossing of the Red Sea,
Rome
‒
Oil on canvas,
⅔
x
⅓
ft.
(

.
x

.
cm),
Statens Museum for Kunst.
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