Head of Mercury

/ Head of Mercury

Head of Mercury

Isidore Pils, (French 1815-1875), Head of Mercury (Study for Mural in Paris Garnier Opera House), c.1875, Charcoal, pencil and chalk, studio stamp (lower right), 19.5cm x 16cm, (45cm x 39cm framed), £3,500.

Pils was a French academic painter, and in later life professor of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. This sketch comes from his preparatory work for his commission for the ceiling mural in the grand staircase at the Paris Garnier Opera House.