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Studies of a Man Smoking and a Man Drinking (recto); Studies of a Man Smoking, a Head, and Calligraphic Flourishes (verso)

Dirk (Theodorus) Helmbrekerabout 1650 - 1660

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Dirk Helmbreker may have begun by sketching the partially crossed out figure on the verso, which is closely related to the smoker on the recto. First, he sketched a seated man lighting a pipe from a bowl, then changed the head's position to lean forward. Finally, with moistened red chalk, he overlaid the second head with a rather abstract third one that leans even farther toward the bowl, similar to the smoker's pose on the recto. On the more finished recto, Helmbreker caught the fleeting actions of two youths, a smoker seemingly standing and sucking in his breath to light a pipe and a boy seated behind a table and leaning back to drink from a jug. The drinker's sidelong glance enhances the scene's spontaneous, lifelike feeling. Someone may have trimmed the sheet, reducing these figures from three-quarter-length to the present half-length.

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  • Title: Studies of a Man Smoking and a Man Drinking (recto); Studies of a Man Smoking, a Head, and Calligraphic Flourishes (verso)
  • Creator: Dirk (Theodorus) Helmbreker
  • Date: about 1650 - 1660
  • Location Created: Holland
  • Physical Dimensions: 16 x 18.3 cm (6 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Red chalk
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 91.GB.67
  • Inscription: Inscription: (Verso) illegible inscription by the artist in red chalk.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Dutch
  • Classification: Drawings

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