FRENCH SCHOOL, EARLY 17TH CENTURY | Recto: A tavern scene with music and merrymaking around a tableVerso: A partial study of a leg
5,000 - 7,000 GBP
- French School, early 17th Century
- Recto: A tavern scene with music and merrymaking around a tableVerso: A partial study of a leg
- Pen and golden brown ink and point of the brush (recto); pen and brown ink (verso);bears old attribution, verso: V DYK
Leonard Baskin (1922-2000)
Whilst the scene of merriment found in this intriguing drawing, with cavaliers portrayed in the company of a buxom wench, as drinks are poured and music played, is reminiscent of the tavern scenes made popular by Dutch artists of the period, the atmospheric lighting and interplay between the protagonists also shows a clear debt to Caravaggio. Indeed this drawing appears, compositionally speaking, closer to the paintings of French Caravaggisti, such as Jean Le Clerc (circa 1585-1632) and Valentin de Boulogne (1594-1632), and is handled in a manner more in keeping with drawings by artists active in Lorraine in the early 17th century, such as Georges Lallemand (1575-1636), rather than their counterparts from the Low Countries.