280
280

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN

Abraham Bloemaert
RECTO: VERTUMNUS IN THE GUISE OF AN OLD WOMAN, CARESSING POMONA VERSO: A RECLINING FIGURE AND A STUDY OF A HAND
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
280

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN

Abraham Bloemaert
RECTO: VERTUMNUS IN THE GUISE OF AN OLD WOMAN, CARESSING POMONA VERSO: A RECLINING FIGURE AND A STUDY OF A HAND
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

|
New York

Abraham Bloemaert
GORINCHEM 1566 - 1651 UTRECHT
RECTO: VERTUMNUS IN THE GUISE OF AN OLD WOMAN, CARESSING POMONA VERSO: A RECLINING FIGURE AND A STUDY OF A HAND
Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white, over black chalk, squared for transfer in black chalk (recto); red and black chalk (verso);
illegibly inscribed in black chalk, verso
136 by 105 mm; 5 3/8  by 4 1/8  in
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Sale, London, Christie's, 10 July 1973, lot 141;
John and Alice Steiner, Larchmont, New York

Exhibited

Santa Barbara Museum of Art et al, Old Master Drawings from the Collection of John and Alice Steiner, 1986-7, no. 63;
Champaign, Illinois, Krannert Art Museum, and Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Italian and Netherlandish Drawings from the Steiner Collection, 1994

Literature

J. Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert, The Drawings, Leiden 2007, vol. I, p. 186, under no. 526, vol. II, p. 243, fig. 526b

Catalogue Note

The subject of Vertumnus and Pomona is taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses and was clearly a favorite of Bloemaert's, for it was one that he treated on numerous occasions and in a wide variety of media - including a print of 1605,1 four paintings,2 and at least six drawings,3 one of which is a design for the aforementioned print, and now housed in the collection of the Kunsthalle, Bremen.4

The present sheet belongs to a particularly distinctive group of three drawings, published by Bolten (op. cit.) in 2007, all of which depict the deceptive Vertumnus making amorous advances on Pomona in the somewhat unorthodox guise of an elderly woman. All three works are executed in a distinctive combination of pen and brown ink and wash, with touches of white heightening and show the fascinating way in which Bloemaert has allowed the subject to evolve through his drawings, with subtle differences in the tilt of a head or positioning of a hand, making all the difference as to how we, the viewer, interpret the narrative.

The verso of the present sheet, which depicts a reclining figure and a study of a hand playing a musical instrument, seems unrelated to the subject of the recto, but through the pose of the reclining figure, lying at the base of a tree is, in its own way, totally typical of Bloemaert, who frequently employed figures of this sort throughout his work.

1. M. Roethlisberger, Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons, Ghent 1993, vol. II, fig. 151
2. Ibid., figs. 109, 187 and 413 and sale, New York, Sotheby's, 24 January 2008, lot 231
3. Bolten, op.cit., pp. 185-188, nos. 525-528
4. Ibid., p. 185-186, no. 525

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

|
New York