CORNELIS DUSART (Haarlem 1660-1704)
A seated man smoking a pipe
black, red, blue and white chalk on blue paper
914 x 714 (24 x 18.5 cm)
Rudolf Peltzer (1825-1910), Cologne (L. 2231); Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 13 May 1914, lot 129.
Nicholas Berg, Frankfurt am Main; by descent to
William Berg, Portland, Oregon; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 15 April 1953, lot 6.
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Lot Essay

Dusart’s drawings in colored chalks showing seated peasants are amongst the most engaging genre drawings of the late 17th Century. They stand out for their quality, original use of color and, perhaps most importantly, for their immediacy. The present sheet, showing a casually seated man with a confident and direct gaze, is a characteristic example of this type of drawing. It can be compared to a number of similarly executed figure drawings, including A young man lounging, smoking a pipe, previously in the I.Q. van Regteren Altena collection (sold at Christie’s, Amsterdam, 13 May 2015, lot 219), a Study of a seated peasantin the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. 40.91.13), and A seated man drinking from an earthenware tankard and holding a pipe, previously in the Martin Feldstein Collection, sold at Christie’s, New York, 15 October 2020, lot 7.

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