Sommeil du sage [Sleep of the Sage], from the Recueil d'esquisses [Collection of Sketches]
46.4 cm x 29.7 cm (18 1/4 in. x 11 11/16 in.)
(Paris, France, 1811 - 1877, Paris, France)
(Lyon, 1762 - 1833, Leuze (Belgium))
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of Sydney and Dean Kilgore, 1992
A student of the neoclassical artist Jacques-Louis David, Hennequin won first prize at the Salon of 1799, the official exhibition organized by the French Academy, for his monumental history painting, The Triumph of the French People on 10 August. After Napoleon I’s final defeat and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815, Hennequin, like David, went into exile in Belgium where he gradually fell into poverty.
Hoping to bank on his earlier successes, he gathered examples of his past work to reproduce or re-issue. More modest in scale than his oversized paintings, this print was part of a set of fifty published in 1825.