Three Studies of Women (recto); Four Studies of Hands and a Counterproof of a Kneeling Young Man (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Three Studies of Women (recto); Four Studies of Hands and a Counterproof of a Kneeling Young Man (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1564 - 1651)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1620s

Medium:

Red chalk heightened with white gouache

Dimensions:

25.1 x 17.1 cm (9 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.)

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The soft, smooth skin of this female model seems to glow from within. From the soft, firm contours to the graceful wisps of hair that frame her head and neck so naturally, Abraham Bloemaert delicately modulated his red chalk line on creamy paper. Subtly and sensitively, he then touched in the white bodycolor that makes her luminous skin seem alive. Bloemaert probably made these studies for general practice; no paintings or prints directly relate to this sheet, though the lower profile image recalls an engraving after one of his designs.

Bloemaert probably made the counterproof of the kneeling man on the verso by dampening an original drawing, then laying a clean damp sheet on top and running it through a press. Seeing the figure in reverse may have brought a fresh viewpoint to his work. The kneeling man bears a general resemblance to the shepherds in Bloemaert's Adorationpictures. The hands sketched next to the man make gestures fitting for such a subject, but no known paintings directly resemble these studies.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (14; recto)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (82; recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Red Chalk Drawings (March 16 to May 30, 1999) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to May 30, 1999
Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (May 28 to August 25, 2002) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 28 to August 25, 2002