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,

G/F,

175 Hollywood Road,

Sheung Wan

2 - 27 April

Mon - Sat

10am - 7pm

 

by appointment

About the artwork

 

Condition:  a well balanced and delicate late 17th century impression

 

Provenance:

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"

circa 1646

 

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

 

JEAN-MICHEL PICART

(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.

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