Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch, 1564-1651. This exquisite drawing in ink, wash and chaulk is a fine example of Bloemaert's talent. It is 13.2 cm h by 9.5 cm w.Provenance: Private Collection, Leslie Hindman Auction, Private Collection, Fine English Collection ( paper verso ). Condition is good and it has an old label from Folio fine Art LTD in London.
The son of an architect, Abraham Bloemaert, known for painting, engraving and teaching, was born in Gorinchem, Holland in 1564. At age nine, he moved with his family to Utrecht where he became a pupil of Gerrit Splinter and Joos de Beer. Subsequently he studied in Paris for three years, and then returned to Holland to study with Hieronymus Francken. He was one of the "Haarlem Mannerists" from about 1585, but in the new century altered his style to fit new Baroque trends. He mostly painted history subjects and some landscapes.
From 1591 to 1595, he was in Amsterdam, and then settled in Utrecht where he served as Dean of the Guild of Saint Luke, the city guild for painters and named for Saint Luke, the patron saint of artists.
Of his artistic talents, it was written: "He excelled more as a colourist than as a draughtsman, was extremely productive, and painted and etched historical and allegorical pictures, landscapes, still-life, animal pictures and flower pieces."
His works are in all the major museums.