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156
Herman Saftleven
TWO FIGURE STUDIES: AN OLD MONK, AND A STOOPED OLD PEASANT WOMAN
Estimate
16,00018,000
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156
Herman Saftleven
TWO FIGURE STUDIES: AN OLD MONK, AND A STOOPED OLD PEASANT WOMAN
Estimate
16,00018,000
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Herman Saftleven
ROTTERDAM 1609 - 1685 UTRECHT
TWO FIGURE STUDIES: AN OLD MONK, AND A STOOPED OLD PEASANT WOMAN
Quantity: 2
Both pen and black ink and watercolour over black chalk, within brown ink framing lines;
both signed, lower left, with monogram: HSL:
both on the back of playing cards (the monk on a queen, the old woman on the ten of hearts)
85 by 52 mm; 3 3/8 by 2 1/8 in and 83 by 53 mm; 3 1/4 by 2 1/8 in
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Provenance

Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, sale, Amsterdam, de Vries, 2 December 1913, lot 705;
C.P. van Eeghen, Amsterdam

Exhibited

Amsterdam, Museum Fodor, Teekeningen van Oude Meesters..de Verzameling van Mr. Chr. P. van Eeghen, 1935, nos. 85 and 86

Literature

W. Schulz, Herman Saftleven 1609-1685, Berlin/New York 1982, cats. 1316 and 1317

Catalogue Note

These two drawings belong to a small group of similar studies of single figures by Saftleven, executed in this unusual watercolor technique, which are drawn on the back of playing cards.  Whether Saftleven actually made these drawings to be used as a pack of cards is not clear, but they are all consistent in terms of size, compositional approach and technique, so perhaps they were.  Nonetheless, when Wolfgang Schulz wrote his 1982 monograph on the artist, he knew of only thirteen such drawings1: two of these are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, while others are in Amsterdam, the Lugt collection in Paris and private collections.2  Perhaps surprisingly, the two examples illustrated by Schulz (his cat nos.1326 and 1327) in fact join together, to form a single landscape scene. 

The distinctive colouring of these "playing card" drawings is also very similar to that seen in the unusual, coloured drawing of a farmyard, by Herman's brother Cornelis Saftleven, sold, Amsterdam, Christie's, 10 November 1999, lot 323.

1. Schulz, op. cit., cats. 1315-1327
2. Two others were sold, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 4 November 2003, lots 68-69

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