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Joos van Craesbeeck
A PEASANT GRIMACING, HIS ARM IN A SLING
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 40,000 USD
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34
Joos van Craesbeeck
A PEASANT GRIMACING, HIS ARM IN A SLING
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 40,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Joos van Craesbeeck
NEERLINTER CIRCA 1605 - 1654/61 BRUSSELS
A PEASANT GRIMACING, HIS ARM IN A SLING

Provenance

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 25 January 2007, lot 1;
From whence purchased.

Catalogue Note

According to Cornelis de Bie and Arnold Houbraken, Joos van Craesbeeck was a student of the much admired Adriaen Brouwer, whose peasant scenes, with their artistic roots in the art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, influenced a countless number of contemporaries and followers.  Like Brouwer, Craesbeeck used thinly applied glazes and harmonious colors to portray the lower class and found great interest in depicting human feeling and emotion.  

In the present painting, Craesbeeck depicts a peasant with unkempt hair, wearing a simple brown costume and cap.  With a gaping mouth, downcast eyes, and bandaged head, the figure leans slightly forward towards his right arm, which hangs limply in a thin sling wrapped around his neck.  Clearly interested in the physiognomy of the sitter, Craesbeeck uses an expressive grimace and body language to convey a feeling of unbearable pain. 

The Otto Naumann Sale

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New York