20. [Dutch school]
Circle of DUSART, Cornelis
Drawing, red chalk, brush and red, green and grey wash, 18 x 27,3 cm, laid paper (large diagonal tear in upper right corner, some foxing).
Under passe-partout, under wooden gilt frame (not studied outside frame).
Dusart (1660-1704) was a pupil of Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685). He probably inherited Ostade's entire studio and used it intensively. Both Dusart and Van Ostade executed a large body of figure drawings which were sold as works of art in their own right. These higly-polished and often coloured drawings such as the present one, were sold individually to collectors. The sheet represents some peasants drinking and chatting outside a house. Typical for Dusart is the attention given to the world of children such as the young boy playing with a dog in the left foreground and the two girls having fun with a wheelbarrow in the far right. The structure of the house - with a half-open doorway and two smaller windows at its right - is almost identical to the architectural layout as seen in an etching of 1685 by Dusart named "A hurdy-gurdy player with his dancing dog outside a house" (Hollstein VI:11). The drawing is accompanied by a certificate.
Ref. P. Schatborn, "Dutch figure drawings from the seventeenth century", Amsterdam 1981-82, pp. 110-12. - S. Anderson, "Witty and Lascivious Amusements: The Drawings of Cornelis Dusart and the Dawn of the Eighteenth Century", Unpubl. PhD (NYU), 2007.
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