This major drawing is a study for the painting "L’Homme aux haltères" (formerly collection Girardin, now Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), exhibited as No. 27 of: "Marcel Gromaire", Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, 1963 and also reproduced on page 82 of: "Marcel Gromaire", Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1980. In this same 1980 exhibition, there was a sketchier drawing of the same subject (No. 89).
Gromaire liked to treat subjects consisting of men of “the people” whether they worked in the fields or at sea, were construction workers or weight lifters.
Signature: Lower right
About Marcel Gromaire
French, 1892-1971, Noyelles-sur-Sambre, France, based in Paris, France