102
102
Herman Henstenburgh
A LOCUST AND THREE BEETLES
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102
Herman Henstenburgh
A LOCUST AND THREE BEETLES
Estimation
7 0009 000
Lot. Vendu 10,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Herman Henstenburgh
HOORN 1667 - 1726
A LOCUST AND THREE BEETLES
Watercolor and gouache within pen and black ink framing lines;
signed in pen and grey ink, lower right:  H.HB: fec=
215 by 285 mm; 8 1/2  by 11 1/4  in
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Description

Herman Henstenburgh was one of three notable still-life and natural history artists from Hoorn, who established that town as a centre for their very distinctive, highly detailed and decorative watercolor and gouache style.  All three also famously followed parallel careers as pastry-bakers.  The eldest of these artists was Johannes Bronckhorst (1648-1727), who was Herman Henstenburgh's teacher as both artist and baker.  The trio was completed by Herman's son, Anton Henstenburgh (1695-1781).

According to the near-contemporary chronicler, Johan van Gool, Henstenburgh started out by depicting birds and landscapes, and then broadened his repertoire after about 1695 to include flowers and fruit pieces.  Van Gool went on to explain the extraordinary richness of Henstenburgh's colors by claiming that the artist had invented a new type of watercolour.

Henstenburgh executed many sheets of studies of insects, creating very pleasing mise-en page arrangements like the present example and lot 103.

The insects depicted here are as follows:

-  Left:              Migratory Locust, male (Locusta migratoria)
-  Center right:  Longhorn Beetle (Saperda charcarias)
-  Lower right:   Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis)
-  Upper center: Ground Beetle (Calosoma sycophantha)

Old Master Drawings

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