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Gallery Text

In a career that spanned six decades, Bloemaert produced a prodigious body of work. He was one of the first artists in the northern Netherlands to draw the local landscape from life. The naturalism and technique of his studies of peasant cottages, farm implements, and the countryside around Utrecht were singled out as early as 1604 by the biographer Karel Mander, who wrote, “[H]e does a great deal after life and he has a clever manner of drawing and penmanship to which he sometimes adds some watercolors so that it looks particularly good.” Bloemaert used the building on this sheet in the middleground of a painting completed in 1637, more than 30 years after he executed the drawing.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.130
People
Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch (Gorinchem, Netherlands c. 1566 - 1651 Utrecht, Netherlands)
Title
A Dilapidated Farmhouse; verso: Walls of a Farmhouse
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1595-1605
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown ink, brown and gray wash, pink and green transparent watercolor and white opaque watercolor over black chalk on cream antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink
Dimensions
16.1 x 21.4 cm (6 5/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower left, brown ink: ab. Bloemaert
Provenance
[Probably sold, C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, 28 November 1912, lot 82.] Private collector, France. [Bernard Houthakker Gallery, Amsterdam] sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1970 (without their mark, L. 3306); The Maida and George Abrams Collection, 1999.130.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.130
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Master Drawings Exhibited by Bernard Houthakker 1971, auct. cat. (Amsterdam, 1971), cat. no. 7, n.p., repr.

Franklin W. Robinson, One Hundred Master Drawings from New England Private Collections, exh. cat. (Hanover, NH, 1973), cat. no. 9, pp. 32-33, repr. (recto and verso)

Curtis O. Baer, ed., Seventeenth Century Dutch Landscape Drawings and Selected Prints from American Collections, exh. cat., Vassar College Art Gallery (Poughkeepsie, NY, 1976), cat. no. 3, p. 25, repr. pl. 3 (recto and verso)

Terez Gerszi, Paulus van Vianen Handzeichnungen, E. A. Seemann (Leipzig, Germany, 1982), under cat. no. 63, p. 209, repr. fig. 167 (verso)

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 21, pp. 60-61, repr.

Marcel Roethlisberger and Marten Jan Bok, Abraham Bloemaert and his Sons, Paintings and Prints, Davaco Publishers (Doornspijk, 1993), under cat. no. 546, p. 340

Anna Knaap, "From Lowlife to Rustic Idyll: The Peasant Genre in 17th-Century Dutch Drawings and Prints", exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1996), cat. no. 5, pp. 34 and 55, repr. (recto)

Susan Donahue Kuretsky, Time and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, exh. cat., Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY, 2005), cat. no. 18, pp. 149-50, repr. p. 149 recto and verso (color)

Jaap Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert, c. 1565-1651: The Drawings (Netherlands, 2007), vol. 1, cat. nos. 1472 (recto) and 1473 (verso), pp. 433-434, under cat. no. 1474, p. 434, and under cat. no. 1637, p. 482, repr. vol. 2, p. 441, fig. 1472 (recto) and fig. 1473 (verso)

William W. Robinson and Susan Anderson, Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2016), cat. no. 8, pp. 49-51, repr. p. 50 (recto and verso)

Exhibition History

Master Drawings Exhibited by Bernard Houthakker, Bernard Houhakker C.V., Amsterdam, 01/01/1971 - 12/31/1971

One Hundred Master Drawings from New England Private Collections, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 09/05/1973 - 10/14/1973; Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Hanover, 10/26/1973 - 12/03/1973; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 12/14/1973 - 01/25/1974

Seventeenth Century Dutch Landscape Drawings and Selected Prints from American Collections, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, 03/28/1976 - 05/07/1976

Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992

From Lowlife to Rustic Idyll: The Peasant Genre in 17th-Century Dutch Drawings and Prints, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/29/1997 - 06/22/1997

Time and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, 04/08/2005 - 06/19/2005; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, 08/20/2005 - 10/30/2005; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, 01/10/2006 - 03/26/2006

Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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