WORKSHOP OF DIRCK VAN BABUREN | YOUNG MAN SINGING
Property from an East Coast Private Collection
WORKSHOP OF DIRCK VAN BABUREN
Wijk bij Duurstede, near Utrecht circa 1594/5 - 1624 Utrecht
YOUNG MAN SINGING
dated on the songbook: Anº 1623
oil on canvas
canvas: 31 by 25 in.; 78.7 by 63.5 cm.
framed: 40 by 34 in.; 101.6 by 86.4 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org , an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work has been lined with glue as an adhesive, probably about 50 years ago. The stretcher is period to the lining. The paint layer has noticeably yellowed, and it seems that it would respond well to cleaning.
Only one retouching is visible under ultraviolet light in the center of the left side of the background, about 1 ½ inches from the left edge, measuring about 1 inch by 1 inch. The old yellowed varnish prevents the identification of older retouches under ultraviolet light. Under close examination with the naked eye, although the lighter colors seem to be very healthy, the darker colors may have developed some thinness that has been retouched, for instance in the striped cloak in the lower right. There are a few retouches in the background, which appear to have slightly discolored. The darker colors of the hair and hat have probably received retouches. The left side may be slightly more consistently restored.
The work could be cleaned, or it could be hung in its current state.
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Private collection, England;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 1 February 1957, lot 75;
With Edward Speelman, London;
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1958;
With Central Picture Galleries, New York, 1958;
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wulc collection, Rydal, PA;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 29 June 1973, lot 48 (as Baburen).
B. Nicolson, Hendrick Terbrugghen, The Hague 1958, p. 64, under no. A27, and p. 68, under no. A32 (as copy of a lost Baburen);
B. Nicolson, "A Postscript to Baburen," in The Burlington Magazine vol. 104 (1962), p. 539 (as a copy of the prime version in Frankfurt);
L.J. Slatkes, Dirck van Baburen (c. 1595 - 1624); A Dutch Painter in Utrecht and Rome, Ph.D. diss., Utrecht 1962, pp. 85, note 116, 94, 94 note 4;
L.J. Slatkes, Dirck van Baburen, c. 1595 - 1624); A Dutch Painter in Utrecht and Rome, Utrecht 1965, p. 85 note 116, 94, 94 note 4, p. 119, under no. A14, 147;
L.J. Slatkes in Hendrick Terbrugghen in America, exhibition catalogue Dayton/ Baltimore 1965, p. 17;
B. Nicolson, The International Caravaggesque Movement: Lists of Pictures by Caravaggio and His Followers throughout Europe from 1590 to 1650, Oxford 1979, p. 18 (as studio replica);
L.J. Slatkes, in George de la Tour and His World, exhibition catalogue, Washington 1996, p. 215 note 38, (as a workshop repetition);
L.J. Slatkes and W. Franits, The Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen 1588 - 1629, Amsterdam/Philadelphia 2007, p. 208 note 1, (as workshop version);
W. Franits, The Paintings of Dirck van Baburen, ca. 1592/93 - 1624, Amsterdam 2013, p. 135, no. A24W1, reproduced plate 24a (as workshop replica).
This is a copy by the workshop of Dirck van Baburen based on his painting executed in 1622 in the Städel Museum, Frankfurt.1
1. Oil on canvas, 71 by 58.8 cm., inv. no. 2242. See https://rkd.nl/explore/images/254757