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Study of a Blasted Tree Trunk and Branches

Artist:
Simon de Vlieger (Dutch, Rotterdam (?) ca. 1600/1601–1653 Weesp)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to the circle of Anthonie Waterloo (Dutch, Lille 1609–1690 Utrecht)
Date:
1600–1653
Medium:
Black chalk, brown wash, heightened with yellowish white chalk. Framing line in pen and black ink
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 1/8 x 8 3/8 in. (28.3 x 21.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Alain and Marie-Christine van den Broek d'Obrenan Gift, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.138
Not on view
A native of Rotterdam, de Vlieger was one of the leading marine and landscape painters of the early seventeenth century. His drawings, like his paintings, were admired for their silvery light effects, often a result of employing black and white chalk on blue paper. In this sheet, he explores the play of light and shadow on a clump of tree stumps.
Marking: Verso: at lower left, an unidentified collector's mark; at lower right, the collector's mark of Julius Held (not in Lugt)
Julius S. Held (New York and Bennington, 1905–2002); his sale, Christie's, New York, January 30, 2009, part of lot 320; Vendor: Christie's, New York
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 9–August 7, 2017.

The Scholar's Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection: Part II. [Sale catalogue]. Christie's, New York, January 30, 2009, cat. no. part of lot 320.



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