Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
LAMBERT HARMENSZ. DOOMER
Amsterdam 1624 - 1700
THE EXPULSION OF THE PRODIGAL SON FROM THE BROTHEL
signed lower right: Doomer. f. / 1695
oil on canvas
unframed: 66.9 x 83.9 cm.; 26¼ x 33 in.
framed: 83.5 x 100 cm.; 32⅞ x 39⅜ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish slightly discoloured. There is some frame abrasion along the edges, with associated visible retouching. There is also some discoloured, visible retouching in the background and in the woman's yellow dress. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals two campaigns of retouching: the older one consists of the aforementioned retouchings, as well as in the flesh tones of the prodigal son; the more recent campaign consists of retouchings along the upper beam, along a vertical scratch in the background approx. 10cm long, upper right, in the central woman and to her right, in the dog, and in the lower left corner. In overall fine condition.
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In the artist's inventory, 15 July 1700, no. 36;
Louis J. van Wachem, Voorburg, The Hague;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 15 June 1983, lot 138, when acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 100.
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W. Schulz, Lambert Doomer 1624-1700. Leben und Werke, Berlin 1972, vol. I, p. 92, vol. II, p. 460, cat. no. G38;
W. Schulz, Lambert Doomer: Sämtliche Zeichnungen, Berlin and New York 1974, p. 102, cat. no. XVIII, reproduced p. 86, fig. 14;
W. Schulz, 'Lambert Doomer als Maler', in Oud Holland, vol. 92, no. 2, 1978, p. 102, cat. no. XVIII, reproduced p. 86, fig. 14;
W. Bernt, Die Niederländischen Maler und Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts, Munich 1979, vol. I, reproduced pl. 342;
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, vol. I, Landau 1983, p. 466, cat. no. 219, reproduced;
W. Schulz and J. Turner (eds), The Dictionary of Art, New York 1996, vol. 9, p. 150;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, pp. 86 and 102, cat. no. 100, reproduced in colour;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 4, Historien und Allegorien, Münster/Hamburg/London 2010, pp. 106–109, cat. no. 13, reproduced in colour.