Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
QUIRINGH GERRITSZ. VAN BREKELENKAM
Zwammerdam circa 1622/30 - after 1669 Leiden
A HERMIT PRAYING
signed with monogram centre: Q. vB (vB in ligature)
oil on oak panel
unframed: 43.2 x 32.5 cm.; 17 x 12¾ in.
framed: 54 x 43.5 cm.; 21¼x 17 in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish slightly discoloured. Inspection under UV reveals fine retouches throughout along the vertical wood grain, with more notable concentrated areas in the background to the right of the hermit, and in the dark arch lower left. In overall good condition.
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Probably Graf Eltz, Mainz;
Probably his sale, Mainz, 17 May 1785, lot 330;
Anonymous sale, Copenhagen, Rasmussen, 5-19 March 1969, lot 304, where acquired.
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A. Lasius, Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Doornspijk 1992, p. 83, cat. no. 9;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 64-67, cat. no. 13, reproduced in colour.
The majority of Brekelenkam's depictions of hermits date from the first half of the 1650s. He often repeated compositions, in which the hermit usually kneels praying under a kind of stone vault, with only minor variations in the objects upon the table, or in the monk's attitude, though the physiognomy of the figure generally remains the same: gaunt, bearded and with a long, thin nose. The present painting bears most similarity to the work in the Mittelrheinisches Landesmuseum, Mainz (inv. no. 679).1
1 See Lasius 1992, p. 83, cat. no. 8, reproduced plate 1.