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Cornelis Bega (1631 - 1644)
Study of a Seated Man Holding a Bag
Black chalk and white chalk on blue paper, framing lines in brown ink
278 x 169 mm, 10 15/16 x 6 5/8 in.

Provenance:
Probably Henry Scipio Reitlinger (1882 - 1950);
Sotheby's sale, Amsterdam, 15 November 1995, lot 43;
Luben Yordanoff (1926-2011), Paris

Cornelis Bega specialized in the representation of popular subjects, like taverns scenes and domestic interiors. As a draftsman, Bega is best known for his studies of isolated figures, executed from life, in black and white chalk on blue paper. The attitude of the model in the present drawing, posing cross-legged and opening a satchel, is particularly natural and lively. The bench the man is sitting on appears in another drawing by Bega, the Study of a Seated Young Woman (see Koller sale, Zürich, 29 March 2019, lot 3455).
Jean-Louis Demarne (1752 1829)
Landscape with Trees
Watercolor, graphite
204 x 264 mm, 8 x 10 3/8 in.
Signed in pencil lower left: Demarnes
verso: Study of a House
black chalk
Watermark: JHonig & Zoonen

Jean-Louis Demarne was one of the most sought-after landscape painters at the end of the eighteenth century. Agréé at the Academy in 1783, the artist was never received, as he seems to have paid little heed to official honors. The landscapes of Demarne, inhabited by shepherds and flocks, show the artist's interest in the Dutch landscapes of the 17th century, in particular those of Albert Cuyp, Adriaen van de Velde, and Karel Dujardin.

The edge of the present sheet indicates that the drawing once belonged to a sketchbook. On the verso, there is a loose sketch in black chalk of an old house in a landscape. The artist's sensitivity to nature is fully appreciated in our watercolor: the elements of the landscape blend, the branches of the trees become evanescent. The Museum of Fine Arts in Besançon owns two watercolor landscapes by the artist (inv. D. 972; D. 973).
Ippolito Caffi (1809 - 1866)
Two Young Women in a Gothic Interior, One Viewed from the Back, the Other Playing the Guitar
Brown wash, white gouache, graphite
166 x 207 mm, 6 9/16 x 8 1/8 in.
Signed lower left: Caffi Diso ...

Ippolito Caffi was an Italian painter known for his landscapes of Italy, and in particular of Venice, Rome, and Naples, which he intended for sale to travellers on the Grand Tour. The present drawing is a rare example of an interior scene by the artist. Here, Caffi devoted himself entirely to a scene in the troubadour genre. Two other drawings by Caffi, a Couple in Love and Interior of a Church with Figures, recently on the art market, take place in the same setting. In these three drawings, the artist explores the pictorial possibilities of dramatic lighting created by open windows and doors illuminating dark interiors.
NATHALIE MOTTE MASSELINK