View of a Farm Courtyard (recto); Study of a Tree (verso)

Object Details

Title:

View of a Farm Courtyard (recto); Study of a Tree (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1564 - 1651)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1600

Medium:

Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watercolor (recto); black chalk, pen and black ink, gray wash (verso)

Dimensions:

23.6 x 33.8 cm (9 5/16 x 13 5/16 in.)

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Abraham Bloemaert drew the weathered boards, crumbling bricks, and sagging thatch in loving detail. A haphazardly repaired fence forms the focal point of the composition. His application of pink wash to the cottage walls gives the dilapidated farm courtyard an exceptional lyrical charm.

Bloemaert most likely created this drawing as a study, possibly as part of a sketchbook. He painted primarily religious and mythological scenes, often with landscape backgrounds betraying his love of naturalistic subjects.

On the verso, or back, of this drawing is a sketch of an old, twisted tree. Its leafless branches reach out to cover the entire sheet. The sinuous curve of the trunk bisects the composition. Similar trees appear in other paintings and drawings by Bloemaert.

Provenance
probably 1920s -

Private Collection (the Lyon region, France), by inheritance to his heirs.

- 2007

Galerie de Bayser S.A., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007.

Exhibitions
Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why (January 29 to May 4, 2008) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 29 to May 4, 2008
Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010