In this finished drawing, which demonstrates his masterful skill in the medium of charcoal, Elihu Vedder established the pose central to his Symbolist painting titled Soul in Bondage. In contrast to the finished painting’s fantastic, imaginary backdrop of arcing tonal bands, Vedder employed a more naturalistic setting here. It was perhaps the placid mood of the rippled water and setting sun in this image that led the artist to convey the figure’s inner turmoil more emphatically through the web of swirling currents in his ultimate design.
- Artist: Elihu Vedder, American, 1836-1923
- Medium: White chalk and black Conté crayon on bluish-green, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
- Dates: 1891
- Dimensions: Sheet: 11 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (29.2 x 22.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Conjoined monogram and date lower right: "18 V 91"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 21.482
- Credit Line: Bequest of William H. Herriman
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Elihu Vedder (American, 1836-1923). Bound Angel, 1891. White chalk and black Conté crayon on bluish-green, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet: 11 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (29.2 x 22.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.482
- Record Completeness: Best (91%)