This drawing is one of several portraits that Eugène Carrière created of the naturalist writer and art critic Jean Ajalbert. Both were part of the same Symbolist artistic and literary circles in Paris during the late 19th century. Portraiture was a favorite genre for Carrière, who often portrayed his friends and colleagues. Here, Ajalbert looks forward directly, seemingly in contrast with his otherwise hazy visage and surroundings.

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  • Title: Portrait of Jean Ajalbert
  • Creator: Eugène Carrière (French, 1849-1906)
  • Date Created: c. 1893
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 27.4 x 23.7 cm (10 13/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Manzi, Joyant & Cie, Paris, Carrière Atelier sale, Feb. 2-3, 1920, no. 168), Anson Conger Goodyear [1877-1964], Buffalo, New York, (Anderson Galleries, New York, Goodyear collection sale, Feb. 16, 1928, no. 14), (Shepherd Gallery, New York, sold to Muriel Butkin, Shaker Heights, OH), Muriel Butkin [1916-2008], Shaker Heights, OH, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2009.116
  • Medium: charcoal with white chalk
  • Inscriptions: inscribed in brown ink, lower right: "Eugène Carrière" (estate stamp)
  • Fun Fact: One of Eugène Carrière's portraits of Jean Ajalbert was translated to lithography and included as a frontispiece to his novel <em>Sao Van Di </em>(1905).
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2009.116

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