Compositional Study for "The Rescue of the Colors," 1899
Courtesy of William T. Fribley
Oil on canvas, oil sketch, 25 x 30 inches
William T. Fribley
Although the proportions of this canvas are more compact
than those of the final version of the painting, it contains the entire composition.
Comparing this sketch to the final work, we can see that while he was satisfied
with the composition for the most part, Trego made a few minor changes. The
soldier near the center, whose right arm is raised brandishing a sword in this
sketch, has lowered his arm in the final version. The treatment is very
sketchy, unlike some of Trego’s more meticulous studies.
There are some serious condition issues, with
paint loses in many areas.
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