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A Forest Interior, with a Seated Figure

A work made of black chalk and brush and brown wash, with touches of black crayon and traces of opaque white watercolor, ruled in pen and black ink at edges, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk and brush and brown wash, with touches of black crayon and traces of opaque white watercolor, ruled in pen and black ink at edges, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Herman Saftleven
Dutch, 1609-1685

About this artwork

In this charming landscape study, a seated figure appears nestled among tree roots at the bend in a stream or river. The water’s gentle course seems in harmony with the irregularly formed trees and their fluttering leaves. Black chalk lines anchor the structure of the landscape elements while the varied application of brown wash in different densities contributes the more atmospheric qualities of light and moving air. Saftleven was born into a family of artists, and his penchant for landscape subjects may have been formed by his travels along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Herman Saftleven, II

Title

A Forest Interior, with a Seated Figure

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality)

Date

1629–1685

Medium

Black chalk and brush and brown wash, with touches of black crayon and traces of opaque white watercolor, ruled in pen and black ink at edges, on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: "HSL; inscribed verso, lower margin, in brown ink: "13" (upside down)

Dimensions

18.5 × 13 cm (7 5/16 × 5 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1021

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