The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Artist in his Atelier

Object Details

Title:

The Artist in his Atelier

Artist/Maker:

Christiaan Andriessen (Dutch, 1775 - 1846)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1805–1808

Medium:

Black chalk and watercolor

Object Number:

2000.1

Dimensions:

24.1 × 20.3 cm (9 1/2 × 8 in.)

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Object Description

Sitting at a drafting table in a private drawing school, an artist concentrates on his work. Pots of ink and drawing instruments lay on the table, while plaster casts of classicizing reliefs--common teaching implements in drawing schools--hang on the wall. This vivid watercolor is notable not only for its beauty but for the way in which it reveals the cultural life of the early 1800s. During this period, the art of drawing expanded its influence, leaving the confines of the academy and entering the homes of the middle-class. Andriessen derived his primary source of income from his activity as a private drawing instructor. There is speculation that this may be a self-portrait of the artist in his studio.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1991

Private Collection (Netherlands)

by 1991 - 1999

Bob P. Haboldt, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001
Paper Art: Finished Drawings in Holland 1590-1800 (September 6 to November 20, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 6 to November 20, 2005
Images of the Artist (November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012
Bibliography
Bibliography

Haboldt & Co., Paris. Portrait de l'artiste, images des peintres 1600-1890 (Paris: Haboldt & Co., 1991), pp. 16-17, no. 1, ill.

Hendrix, Lee. "Shaping the Getty's Collection of Drawings." Master Drawings 38, no. 3 (Autumn 2000), p. 354.