Three Dutch Figures
This sheet contains preparatory figure studies for a genre painting of peasants begging for alms at the door of a castle. Eastman Johnson’s handling of the medium enhances his characterization: the loose, energetic quality of his line conveys the nervous desperation and bedraggled appearance of the beggars.
Graphite, watercolor and white chalk on brown, medium weight, moderately textured wove paper
Signed in graphite, lower lef, on rectot: "E.J."
On verso, color key inscribed in graphite, lower left (artist's hand): "62" and "1 blk & red / 2 red / 3 blk / 4 blue"
On verso, inscribed in graphite, upper right (different hand): "P433-18"
Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
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Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906). Three Dutch Figures, ca. 1852. Graphite, watercolor and white chalk on brown, medium weight, moderately textured wove paper, 6 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (16.5 x 27.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1990.101.6a-b (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.101.6a-b_recto_PS4.jpg)
recto, 1990.101.6a-b_recto_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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