Artist Designing After Nature
Abraham Pietersz. van Calraet
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
Abraham Pietersz. van Calraet here painted two figures on a low rise overlooking a panoramic view of a hill village and the surrounding flatlands. One, an artist, perches on a portable stool with a sketchbook on his knees, while his companion attends to their horses and steals a look at the scene as it develops on paper. The viewer is drawn into the space of the painting through two devices—the engaging eye of the brown horse and the empty patch of terrain in the right foreground.
The composition offers a glimpse of the working process of a seventeenth-century landscape painter, who might make outdoor sketches that would later serve as studies for larger, finished compositions executed in the studio.
Oil on cradled panel
11 x 17 7/8 in. (27.9 x 45.4 cm)
Frame: 16 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (42.5 x 59.7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "AC"
Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer
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Abraham Pietersz. van Calraet (Dutch, 1642-1722). Artist Designing After Nature, after 1651. Oil on cradled panel, 11 x 17 7/8 in. (27.9 x 45.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer, 56.191 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.191_SL1.jpg)
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