A Seated Peasant Looking Down to the Right, Holding a Pitcher

Object Details

Title:

A Seated Peasant Looking Down to the Right, Holding a Pitcher

Artist/Maker:

Cornelis Dusart (Dutch, 1660 - 1704)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1680s

Medium:

Black and red chalk

Object Number:

2004.72

Dimensions:

24.7 × 22.9 cm (9 3/4 × 9 in.)

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A drunken peasant tries to steady himself, awkwardly twisting his body and staring down at nothing in particular. He appears unaware of the precarious position of the earthenware pitcher in his left hand. The peasant's intemperate state showcases Cornelis Dusart's ability to capture the human form in an unusual pose, as well as his delicate modeling of the sitter's rumpled clothes and ruddy features.

Continuing the genre tradition established by his teacher Adriaen van Ostade, Dusart specialized in depictions of peasant life. Like Van Ostade, Dusart produced studies exploring variations in pose and expression of single, seated figures. But the use of red chalk--often highlighting hands and face--was Dusart's own innovation.

Provenance
1876

Neville Davison Goldsmid, British, 1814 - 1875 [sold, Neville D. Goldsmid, Charles Pillet, Paris, April 25-27, 1876, lot 50.]

1885

Maurice-Alfred Martin de Beurnonville, baron de Beurnonville, French, 1826 - 1895 [sold, Beurnonville sale, Hôtel Druout, Paris, February 16, 1885, lot 227.]

2004

Private Collection [sold, Christie's, Paris, March 18, 2004, lot 193, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
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
The Poetry of Paper (July 23 to October 20, 2013)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 23 to October 20, 2013
Masterful Likeness: Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (July 24 to October 28, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 24 to October 28, 2018
Bibliography

Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Catalogue d’estampes anciennes et dessins […] composant la collection de feu M. Neville D. Goldsmid de la Haye. April 25 – 27, 1876, p. 9, lot 50.

Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Catalogue de beaux dessins anciens et modernes... February 17, 1885, p. 79, no. 227.

Christie's, Paris. Dessins Anciens et du 19ème siècle. March 18, 2004, p. 146, lot 193, ill.

Anderson, Susan. "Witty and Lascivious Amusements: The Drawings of Cornelis Dusart and the Dawn of the Eighteenth Century." Ph.D. diss. (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2007), pp. xxiv, 406, pl. 125.