Cornelis Saftleven (Gorinchem 1607-1681 Rotterdam) A boy sleeping

Cornelis Saftleven (Gorinchem 1607-1681 Rotterdam) A boy sleeping
Cornelis Saftleven (Gorinchem 1607-1681 Rotterdam) A boy sleeping

Cornelis, the elder brother of Herman Saftleven (1609-1685), was a most versatile artist having painted and drawn numerous subjects. From single male or female figures, to mythological scenes with devils and fantasy creatures, biblical scenes, genre scenes, (exotic) animals, landscapes, farmhouses, nudes, interiors to single head studies. By far the biggest part of his drawn oeuvre consists of drawings of single figures, mostly male in uncompleted landscape surroundings.[1]

The closest comparable composition, present in the coll. Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, Witt-Collection 2277.[2]

Another closely related drawing of a sleeping hunter in the Maida and George Abrams Collection.[3][4]

A large corpus of figure drawings by Cornelis Saftleven present in the coll. Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Leipzig.

 

 

 

[1] Wolfgang Schulz, Cornelis Saftleven 1607-1681. Leben und Werke mie einem kritischen Katalog der Gemälde und Zeichnungen. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York, 1978.

[2] Op. Cit. Pag. 93, no. 101. Ruhender Junge, gegen einem umgestülpten Korb.

[3] Op. Cit. Pag. 85, no. 56. Liegender Mann im Freien.

[4] W.M. Robinson, P. Schatborn, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings; A selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection. Lynn H. O. Zimman, Inc. 1991.


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