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Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1566-1651 Utrecht)

An elderly man, bust-length, in a brown coat and hat; and An elderly woman, bust-length, in a brown coat and headscarf

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Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1566-1651 Utrecht)
An elderly man, bust-length, in a brown coat and hat; and An elderly woman, bust-length, in a brown coat and headscarf
both signed and dated 'A Bloemaert. fe 1634' (upper left)
oil on panel
14¾ x 11 in. (37.5 x 27.9 cm.)
a pair (2)
Provenance
Counts Wallmode, Hanover, sold in 1819 to
The Princess Schaumburg-Lippe, Bückeburg castle, near Hanover, and by descent until sold in 1939 to Lohse.
with Lohse, Munich and Berlin.
Literature
Privately printed Bückeburg catalogue, nos. 117-8.
G. Delbanco, Der Maler Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651), Strasbourg, 1928, nos. 42a and 42b.
M.G. Roethlisberger, Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons: Paintings and Prints, Ghent, 1993, I, pp. 330-1, nos. 520-1; II, figs. 704-5.
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Lot Essay

These are the first of three pairs of heads by the artist from the mid-1630s. While both figures recur with some variations in several works of the subsequent years, they are described by Roethlisberger as 'a very personal expression of the artist' (op. cit., p. 330).

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