Studies of a Man Smoking and a Man Drinking (recto); Studies of a Man Smoking, a Head, and Calligraphic Flourishes (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Studies of a Man Smoking and a Man Drinking (recto); Studies of a Man Smoking, a Head, and Calligraphic Flourishes (verso)

Artist/Maker:

Dirk (Theodorus) Helmbreker (Dutch, 1633 - 1696)

Culture:

Dutch

Place:

Holland (Place created)

Date:

about 1650–1660

Medium:

Red chalk

Object Number:

91.GB.67

Dimensions:

16 × 18.3 cm (6 5/16 × 7 3/16 in.)

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Dirk Helmbreker may have begun by sketching the partially crossed out figure on the verso, which is closely related to the smoker on the recto. First, he sketched a seated man lighting a pipe from a bowl, then changed the head's position to lean forward. Finally, with moistened red chalk, he overlaid the second head with a rather abstract third one that leans even farther toward the bowl, similar to the smoker's pose on the recto. On the more finished recto, Helmbreker caught the fleeting actions of two youths, a smoker seemingly standing and sucking in his breath to light a pipe and a boy seated behind a table and leaning back to drink from a jug. The drinker's sidelong glance enhances the scene's spontaneous, lifelike feeling. Someone may have trimmed the sheet, reducing these figures from three-quarter-length to the present half-length.

Provenance
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Private Collection

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Art Market (Germany)

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Ars Libri, Ltd.

Exhibitions
17th Century Dutch Drawings (July 21 to October 4, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 21 to October 4, 1992
Dutch Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (August 16 to October 23, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), August 16 to October 23, 1994
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001
A Light Touch: Exploring Humor in Drawing (September 23 to December 7, 2008) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 23 to December 7, 2008