PIETER DE BLOOT | PEASANTS DRINKING AND SMOKING IN AN INTERIOR
40,000 to - 60,000 USD
Property from Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York
PIETER DE BLOOT
Rotterdam circa 1601/2 - 1658
PEASANTS DRINKING AND SMOKING IN AN INTERIOR
signed on the stone well: P. De Bloot
oil on oval panel
unframed: 13¼x 14⅓in.; 34 x 37 cm.
framed: 23 x 28 in.; 58.4 x 71.1 cm.
The oval panel is flat, stable, uncradled, and comprised of three boards brought together by two horizontal joins. The joins appear stable and have no reinforcements added. Overall the painting is in very fresh condition, with strong retention of paint and saturation of colors, notably in the figures clothing and faces. UV light reveals a few small scattered retouches in the dark background and along the joins, which is typical for a panel picture of this time and place. Otherwise the painting is in very good condition and may be hung in its current condition. In a carved wooden frame.
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C.P.A. & G.R. Castendijk, Rotterdam, by 1989;
With Drs. Salomon Lilian, Amsterdam, by 1997;
Charles Roelofsz, Amsterdam, 1999,
From whom acquired by a private collector, Washington, D.C.;
From whom acquired.
Tableau, XII, no. 1, September 1989, in an advertisement for C.P.A. & G.R. Castendijk,
Rotterdam, for the Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Prinsenhof Museum, Delft;
R. James, “Pieter de Bloot, Boereninterieur, ca. 1635-1640” in Rotterdamse Meesters
uit de Gouden Eeuw, Historisch Museum, Rotterdam, Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle, 1994,
pp. 170-171, 206, cat. no. 7, illustrated twice;
S. Lilian, “Pieter de Bloot” in Old Master Paintings, 1997, p. 12- 13, illustrated.
Rotterdam, Historisch Museum, Rotterdamse Meesters uit de Gouden Eeuw, 15 October 1994 – 15 January 1995, no. 7.
"This peasant family is engaging in different vices—drinking, smoking, and eating—and is amusing even if they are meant to warn the viewer against excess. Despite the “lowlife” subject, De Bloot has painted certain elements of the composition with great sensitivity, like the exhaled smoke from the rightmost man"
Pieter de Bloot lived all his life in Rotterdam. He earned a reputation as a painter of
tavern scenes and quarreling peasants. De Bloot appears to have been strongly influenced by Adriaen Brouwer (1605 – 1638) and David Teniers the Younger (1610 – 1690). De Bloot’s genre paintings of common townsfolk remain, however, distinctly Dutch, particularly in the execution of the faces. Also characteristic of de Bloot, as demonstrated in this work, are the still-life elements that he puts in his interiors. He also painted religious scenes as well as a few landscapes. Works by the artist can be found in the museums of: Amsterdam; Brussels; Cambridge, U.S.; Cambridge, U.K.; Florence; Greenwich, U.K.; The Hague; London; Paris; Philadelphia; Prague; Rotterdam; Saint Petersburg; Utrecht; Vienna; and Wuppertal. De Bloot rarely dated his works. When the present panel was shown in the 1994 exhibition in Rotterdam, the date of execution was fixed as circa 1635-1640, at which point there is a further notable influence by Herman and Cornelis Saftleven. What is most striking in this work is the soft coloration imbued by a subtle interplay of light and shadow. Around a table near a fireplace, three men and a woman with a child are thoroughly enjoying themselves while drinking and smoking. A fourth man to their left watches the revelry while also indulging. Simple household items are scattered throughout, with perhaps such items as the broken jar, idle broom, and discarded mussel shells scattered on the floor intended as a warning sign against sloth.