Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

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Flemish School, 17th century

Studies of two boys

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Flemish School, 17th Century

Studies of two boys

Black chalk and white heightening on brown paper;

bears inscriptions in black chalk, verso: upper left BX / 738, lower left B 616, and right hand side No. 24

253 by 235 mm

The character of the figures depicted, combination of media employed, and energetic, sculptural handling all seem to point to a Flemish origin for this striking drawing. The artist who made it must surely have been well acquainted with the drawings of Rubens, but despite the extremely distinctive approach to details such as the figures' noses and eyes, an attribution has so far proved elusive. What is, though, clear is the expressive quality of the drawing, and the technical skill with which it is executed.