GERMAN SCHOOL (Circa 1590)
A gentleman dancing
inscribed in German ‘kan[n] ich nicht schön/ tanzen’, and in another hand ‘Oui’
black chalk, pen and brown ink, gray-brown wash
638 x 414 in. (16 x 10.8 cm)
Robert von Hirsch (1883-1977), Basel; Sotheby’s, London, 20 June 1978, lot 32.
with Schaeffer Galleries, New York.
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In a letter to Mrs. Hanns Schaeffer (26 January 1979), Heinrich Geissler acknowledges that this amusing drawing is reminiscent of certain works by Friedrich Brentel (for whom, see W. Wegner, ‘Untersuchungen zu Friedrich Brentel’, Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Kunstsamlungen in Baden-Württemberg, III, 1966, pp. 107-196), but cannot be attributed to him.
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