Getty Adds 39 Dutch Drawings, Rembrandt to Mondrian
|Maria Sibylla Merian, Metamorphosis of a Small Emperor Moth on a Damson Plum, 1679. Watercolor over counterproof. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles|
The Getty Museum has purchased 39 Dutch drawings from an unidentified private collection. The artists span Rembrandt, van Ruisdael, Hendrik Avercamp, Gerrit van Honthorst, Maria Sibylla Merian, and even Piet Mondrian (an early landscape watercolor). According to the press release the acquisition was in the works for two years and was completed this January.
This is the second group purchase of drawings by the Getty in the past four years. It augments a holding of Dutch drawings that is small by European standards (about 120 sheets—now ~160) but of world-class significance.
|Rembrandt, Young Man Leaning on a Stick, 1629. Pen and ink, 5-5/8 by 3-3/8 in|
|Samuel van Hoogstraten, The Crucifixion, about 1650. Pen and brown ink, gray wash, 9-5/8 by 9-7/8 in|
Also added is a more resolved work by Samuel van Hoogstraten, The Crucifixion. Formerly assigned to Rembrandt himself, it sold for 319,000 Euros—more than the Young Man—at Artcurial, Paris, in 2018. Less than 10 inches square, it's a crash course in the Rembrandt school of history painting.
Long dismissed as a woman and an illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian has become one of the breakout stars of Dutch Baroque art. The Getty acquired its first Merian drawing in 2009, a gift from the astute collector and Disney imagineer Tania Norris. The astringent colors of the new purchase, Metamorphosis of a Small Emperor Moth on a Damson Plum, sparkle in the press image. It rivals Joris Hoefnagel's best and will strike rank-and-file Getty visitors as more modern than the Mondrian.
|Ferdinand Bol, Reclining Female Nude Seen from Behind, about 1655-61. Black and white chalk|
The 39 drawings include big and not-so-big names, with rarities and fashionable rediscoveries. A chalk nude by Ferdinand Bol does the male gaze thing a century before Boucher.
All the drawings are 17th century, save for the Mondrian. Christie's sold it from a Dutch private collection in 2016 (for 152,500 Euros). The rectilinear parcels feint at where Mondrian was about to go.
|Piet Mondrian, Landscape Near Arnhem, 1900-1. Watercolor over graphite, 20-1/2 by 29-7/16 in|