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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino
A MAN LOOKING TO HIS LEFT, BUST LENGTH 
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322
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino
A MAN LOOKING TO HIS LEFT, BUST LENGTH 
Estimate
20,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino
CENTO 1591 - 1666 BOLOGNA
A MAN LOOKING TO HIS LEFT, BUST LENGTH 
Pen and brown ink and wash, the sheet cut along the lower edge
200 by 192 mm
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Provenance

Baron de Malaussena (L.1887), with his associated number '137':
P.-F. Marcou (L.1911b);
with Jean-Luc Baroni, New York, Master Drawings and Paintings, 2008, no. 15,
where acquired by the present owner 

Catalogue Note

This bust-length study of a man, drawn with pen and ink and wash, is a captivating image that is both subtle and intense.  It perfectly showcases Guercino's skill in rendering an image from very basic lines and broader areas of wash.

Stylistically, it can be compared to other drawings by the artist executed in the mid 1630s, when many of his works were characterised by delicate lines applied with the point of the brush and often with a pale wash.  It can be closely compared to A Bearded old man with a loose drapery wrapped around his shoulder, in a private collection.1  Nicholas Turner and Carol Plazzotta, in their catalogue entry for that drawing, describe the technique as 'largely drawn with the brush and wash, with only the finer details such as the facial features, hair and beard picked out with touches of the pen.'

1. N. Turner and C. Plazzotta, Drawings by Guercino from British Collections, exh. cat., London, British Museum, 1991, p. 131, cat. 104
2. Ibid., pp. 131 and 134

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