Douwes Fine Art presents
Five Centuries of European Painting
Douwes Fine Art gladly participates during the Dutch Days with a unique selling exhibition of 5 centuries of painting!
Douwes/ Pranger Fine Paintings,
175 Hollywood Road,
2 - 27 April
Mon - Sat
10am - 7pm
About the artwork
Condition: a well balanced and delicate late 17th century impression
H. Danby Seymour 1820-1877 (Lugt 176);
John Barnard died 1784 (Lugt 1419);
George Hibbert 1757-1837 (Lugt 2849).
In the foreground we see two studies of the same young man: standing and sitting. In the background of a typical Dutch kitchen with an open fireplace, very lightly etched, we see a woman teaching a child to walk with the aid of a baby walker.
This print can be seen as a metaphorical exhortation to ‘keep trying’: The child must learn to walk and the artist must practise constantly to master his art.
It is very rare to have two independent different subjects, except in study-sheets.
In 1646, Rembrandt executed three studies of young males only wearing a loin cloth (White-Boon 193/194/196).
It could well be that the part with woman and child were in fact Geertje Dircks and his than 1,5 years old son Titus at home, etched as early as 1643. A few years later the study of two young boys could have been added onto this very plate.
REMBRANDT HARMENSz. VAN RIJN
(Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)
"Nude man seated and another standing, with a Woman and Baby lightly etched in the Background"
etching: 194 x 128 mm; complete with good margins;
watermark: possibly small cup, yet to be identified
Bartsch 194; Seidlitz 194; Hind 222;
Nowell-Usticke 62, third state (of seven);
White-Boon 194, third state (of three)
Plate in existence – with Nowell-Usticke (1967): C1
Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings, 17th century, the golden age
(Antwerp 1600 - 1682 Paris)
"A Flower still life in a glass vase on a wooden ledge"
on canvas: 59 x 46,5 cm;
Expertise: Mr. Fred Meijer from the RKD, The Hague, confirmed the attribution.
French Barbizon 19th century
PAUL DéSIRE TROUILLEBERT
(1829 - Paris - 1900)
"Paysanne assise au bord de l'eau"
on canvas: 81 x 65 cm;
signed 'Trouillebert' (l.l.)
Literature: to be included in the forthcoming supplement to the catalogue raisonné'
Expertise: Thomas Maier, Dr Bernd Müllerschön, Stuttgart, dd 23 December 2013.
Notes: Trouillebert was a famous painter of the French Barbizon School. He was a student of Ernest Hébert (1817-1908) and Charles-François Jalabert (1819-1901), and made his debut at the Salon of 1865, exhibiting a portrait.
He produced many landscapes that are very close to the Corot's late manner of painting.
Russian Social-Realism 20th century
KONSTANTIN MEFODOVICH MAKSIMOV
(Ivanova-Voznesensk pr. 1913 - Moscow 1993)
"The Golden Ring city of Rostov Veliki"
on board: 65 x 70 cm; signed
verso: signed and titled Rostov veliki
painted circa 1947
Notes: Maksimov travelled extensively in China during his career.