Sold Without Reserve | MANNER OF PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER | PORTRAIT OF A PEASANT WOMAN, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT
Property from the Estate of Emile Wolf, Sold Without Reserve
MANNER OF PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
PORTRAIT OF A PEASANT WOMAN, HALF LENGTH, FACING LEFT
oil on panel
panel: 17¼ by 13½ in.; 43.8 by 34.3 cm.
framed: 25 by 21¼ in.; 63.5 by 54 cm.
The panel, which is made of two vertical boards and beveled on all four edges, is uncradled and stable with a very slight vertical, convex bow. It is held into its frame by two horizontal wooden supports on the reverse that are not attached to the panel. The painting has not been recently restored, and the old varnish is dirty and yellowed. There is a stable vertical crack along the join that runs through center, and some scattered spots of loss are visible, for example in the lower left and right corners. There is some thinness in some areas of the background and costume. Not much is visible under UV light, which reveals a milky varnish and a few small and scattered spots of retouching here and there, for example towards the center of the top edge. Offered in a simply molded wood frame.
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This bust length portrait loosely compares to the figural types found in a series of 36 prints made after Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The series, titled Boerenkoppen, illustrates the heads of farmers and peasants in various poses, costumes, and expressions. A set of this series is today preserved in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.1
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