A Winter Scene with Two Gentlemen Playing Colf

Object Details

Title:

A Winter Scene with Two Gentlemen Playing Colf

Artist/Maker:

Hendrick Avercamp (Dutch, 1585 - 1634)

Culture:

Dutch

Place:

Netherlands (Place created)

Date:

about 1615–1620

Medium:

Opaque watercolor with pen and brown ink

Object Number:

2008.13

Dimensions:

9.4 × 15.6 cm (3 11/16 × 6 1/8 in.)

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Under a pale grey winter sky, a variety of figures enjoy ice skating, sledging and conversing. In the foreground, two men play colf, a traditional Dutch sport that is a cross between golf and ice hockey. Hendrik Avercamp, was the first Dutch artist to elevate watercolor and gouache drawings to the status of paintings. His skill is visible here in details like the fine pen and ink lines describing the figures, or the delicate gouache coloring suggesting shadows on the ice. His typical monogram is visible in the lower left (the letter H enclosing the letter A), indicating he saw this as a finished work, not a study.

Avercamp was a prolific draftsman, and helped popularize such landscapes with seventeenth-century Dutch collectors. His contemporaries would have appreciated this winter scene on multiple levels. The skaters, some of whom have fallen on the ice, would have suggested the notion of de slibberachtigheyt van's menschen leven or "the slipperiness of human life," to remind viewers of life's brevity.

Provenance
1773

Possibly Dionis Muilman, Dutch, 1702 - 1772 [sold, Muilman sale, Arnoldus Dankmeyer, Amsterdam, March 29, 1773, to Cornelis Ploos van Amstel ]

1773-1798

Possibly Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch, 1726 - 1798 [sold, Amstel sale, Philippe van der Schley, Amsterdam, March 3, 1800, either lot H22 sold to Roos, lot K9 sold to Kops, or S10 sold to Tiedeman ]

1800

Possibly Roos

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Or Willem Philips Kops, Dutch, 1755 - 1805

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Or Tiedeman
Source: Annotated sale catalog (RKD): Philippus van der Schley….Roos. Catalogus der Teekeningen, Prenten, Schilderyen…van wylen den Heer Cornels Ploos van Amstel. March 3, 1800, p. 51, lot H22; p. 58, lot K9; p. 103, no. S10.

1959

Private Collection (England) [sold, Christie's and Manson & Woods, Ltd., London, July 7, 1959, lot 14, to Clifford Duits.]

1959-1968

Clifford Duits, British, 1909 - 1968, by inheritance within his family.

1968-1969

Carel Emil Duits, British, born Netherlands, 1882 - 1969
Source: Probate Inventory, A1

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Duits, Ltd., sold to Jean-Luc Baroni.

2008

Jean-Luc Baroni, Ltd., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008.

Exhibitions
An Exhibition of Master Drawings and Paintings (January 18 to January 31, 2008)
  • Adam Williams Fine Art Ltd. (New York)
Recent Acquisitions in Context (September 16 to December 14, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 16 to December 14, 2008
Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010
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

Jean de Bosch...Ploos van Amstel de Winter, Amsterdam. Catalogue d’un superbe cabinet de desseins…par feu Monsieur Dionis Muilman. March 26, 1773, pp. 6-7, lot 25.

Jan de Bosch…Ploos van Amstel, Amsterdam. Catalogus van een uitmuntend Kabinet Gekleurde en Ongekleurde Tekeningen….Dionis Muilman. March 26, 1773, p. 7, lot 25 .

Philippus van der Schley….Roos. Catalogus der Teekeningen, Prenten, Schilderyen…van wylen den Heer Cornelis Ploos van Amstel. March 3, 1800, p. 51, lot H22; p. 58, lot K9; p. 103, no. S10.

Welcker, Clara J. Hendrick Avercamp, 1585-1634, bijgenaamd “De Stomme van Campen,” en Barent Avercamp, 1612-1679, “Schilders tot Campen.” [...] Zwolle: De Erven J.J. Tijl N.V., 1933, p. 259, no. T230.

Christie's, Manson & Woods, Ltd., London. Catalogue of Important Old Master Drawings. July 7, 1959, p. 5, lot 14, ill.