Lot 285
  • 285

Leonaert Bramer

Estimate
5,000 - 7,000 USD
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Description

  • Leonaert Bramer
  • Recto: Singers in a Gallery
    Verso: Musicians in a Gallery
  • Pen and brown ink and gray wash, top corners cut
    inscribed in brown ink, center: vrouwen gesang and bears indecipherable inscription in red chalk, verso
  • 128 by 280 mm; 5 by 11 in

Provenance

Curtis O. Baer (L.3366);
with Jill Newhouse, New York

Literature

Eric M. Zafran, Master Drawings from Titian to Picasso. The Curtis O. Baer Collection, exh. cat., Washington, D.C., et al, 1985-87, p. 183, no. 140

Catalogue Note

This lively and dynamic double sided drawing depicts singers and musicians in a gallery.  They are set behind a balustrade, recto and verso, a clever compositional device employed by Bramer, where he plays with perspective, showing certain figures leaning out over the banister and figures jutting out between the columns.

In terms of dating this sheet, one can closely compare it with a drawing of Figures along a Colonnade in a private collection, The Netherlands, which was exhibited in Delft in 1994 and has been dated to the 1640s. The Haverkamp-Begemann drawing demonstrates the same free drawing style and rounded faces as are seen in the Dutch private collection sheet.  It is also interesting to note that Bramer used a similar compositional device in Figures along a colonnade, which must have been a preparatory study for a staircase ceiling painting.

1. Leonaert Bramer 1596-1674: Ingenious Painter and Draughtsman in Rome and Delft, exh. cat., Delft, Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, no. 19

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