Throughout his career, Saftleven produced black chalk figure studies of this type, but only in the first half of the 1630s do these appear in any way influenced by the art of Italy or Flanders.2 Thereafter, Saftleven's figure studies became rather more down to earth, and quintessentially Dutch, both in their subject-matter and in their technique.
1. see B.J.A. Renckens, "Enkele notities bij vroege werken van Cornelis Saftleven", Bulletin Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, XIII, 1962, p. 67
2. see also, for example, the study of a kneeling monk, likewise dated 1633, sold New York, Sotheby's, 13 January 1989, lot 151 and A wild-haired, robed woman rushing to the right, seen from behind, dated 1631, sold Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 2 November 2004, lot 51
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