Eye Candy for Today: Jacob de Gheyn pen drawing

Chestnut Tree with some trees around it, Jacob de Gheyn, ink and chalk drawing

Chestnut Tree with some trees around it, Jacob de Gheyn, ink and chalk drawing (details)

Chestnut Tree with some trees around it, Jacob de Gheyn (II)

Ink and chalk drawing, roughly 15 x 10 inches (36 x 25 cm), in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, which has a zoomable version on the website. You can download high-res images if you get a free Rijksstudio account.

Dutch painter and printmaker jacob de Gheyn II, who was active in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, had a wonderful drawing style, both bold and subtle at the same time.

I had the pleasure of seeing this drawing in person some years ago (at the Morgan Library, I think) and I was really taken with the way De Gheyn used his pen lines both to create texture and to define the volume of the tree. I love the contrast between the areas of trough bark and the smooth section on the trunk and under the branch that faces us.

The figure (presumably that of another artist sketching) is almost incidental, but still holds visual interest, particularly in the folds of the coat.

 
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One Reply to “Eye Candy for Today: Jacob de Gheyn pen drawing”

  1. He is recognised as Jacob de Gheyn II (the second), born in Antwerp. He worked in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Leiden and The Hague, considered second only and sometimes equal to Rembrandt himself.
    His Father was Jacob de Gheyn I (the first) from Utrecht was a painter in miniatures.
    There was also a Grandfather, Jacob de Gheyn or de Gain, number III.
    Jacob in French is Jacques, but their recorded numbering of I, II and III is very confusing. Sorry!
    Exhibitions at Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in Winter of 1985 -’86 februari 1986, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in Spring of 1986.

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