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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. HILARY KOPROWSKI AND DR. IRENA KOPROWSKA

Jan Victors
RUTH AND NAOMI
Estimation
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Lot. Vendu 187,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. HILARY KOPROWSKI AND DR. IRENA KOPROWSKA

Jan Victors
RUTH AND NAOMI
Estimation
80 000120 000
Lot. Vendu 187,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Jan Victors
AMSTERDAM 1619 - CIRCA 1676 EAST INDIES
RUTH AND NAOMI
signed and dated middle right: .. Victors / 1653
oil on canvas
42 3/4  by 54 in.; 108.6 by 137.2 cm. 
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Provenance

Possibly, Sale, Amsterdam,1825, lot 88;
Girot, Antwerp, circa 1950;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby Mak van Waay, 31 October 1967, lot 515 (as Vertumnus and Pomona);
With Hogsteder-Naumann, Ltd., New York;
Linda and Gerald Guterman, New York;
Their sale, New York, Sotheby's, 14 January 1988, lot 44;
There purchased by Dr. Hilary Koprowski. 

Exposition

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985 (on loan). 

Bibliographie

R. Roy, Studien zu Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vienna 1972;
D. Miller, Johannes Victors, 1985, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Delaware, pp. 178 and 303, cat. no. 67;
D Miller, "Ruth and Naomi of 1653; an unpublished painting by Jan Victors", in Mercury, 1985, cat. no. 2, pp. 19-28, reproduced fig. 1;
V. Manuth, "The Levite and his Concubine at the House of the Field Labourer at Gibeah: the Iconography of an Old Testament Theme in Dutch Painting of Rembrandt's Circle", in Mercury, 1987, no. 6, cat. no. 44, fig. 152;
W. Sumowski, Gemalde der Rembrant-Schuler, Landau 1983, vol. IV, p. 2607, cat. no. 1767, reproduced in color.

Description

Debra Miller, in her 1985 article and doctoral dissertation on the works of Jan Victors, suggests that the present painting (“one of Jan Victors finest works”) has a probable pendant in Victors' Esau and the Mess of Pottage in the Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw. Of identical size and also dated 1653, she points out that there is not only a compositional similarity in the close-range, half-length figures, but a thematic similarity as well in the portrayal of, “the fundamental Old Testament theme of the propagation of the unaltered male line of descendency from Abraham.”

As Dr. Miller discusses, "Victors' specific episode of Ruth swearing her allegiance to Naomi is recounted in Ruth 1. The narrative tells of the relationship between Naomi of Bethlehem and her two Moabtite daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth. After the three women became widowed, Naomi determined that her daughters-in-law should return to the homes of their mothers. Orpah departed, but the steadfast Ruth refused to forsake her mother-in-law. Naomi prodded: 'Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee... for whether thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God' (Ruth: 1:15-16)."

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