Pieter van Bloemen (Antwerp 1657 - 1720)

A Saddled Horse, Seen from Behind Sold

Brush and grey ink and grey wash, over traces of an underdrawing in pencil, within framing lines in black ink.
Faint traces of an inscription at the lower left.
204 x 176 mm. (8 x 6 7/8 in.)


Horses are central to many of Pieter van Bloemen’s painted compositions, and he is also thought to have painted the horses in the work of other artists, including those of his younger brother. As has been noted of van Bloemen, ‘his favourite subject is evidently the horse saddled or unsaddled, with or without rider and harness, being shod etc....These sketches were undoubtedly used by van Bloemen for his paintings of the same subjects.’ Such drawings were usually in black or red chalk, often with added grey wash, although the artist also drew with just the brush alone, as in the present sheet.

A closely comparable drawing by van Bloemen of a saddled horse seen from behind, in an identical technique, is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among other stylistically comparable drawings of horses are two drawings in the Louvre and one in the Teylers Museum in Haarlem.

Private collection, Amsterdam.


A Saddled Horse, Seen from Behind


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